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Power, Profit and Prestige

Power, Profit and Prestige

A History of American Imperial Expansion

by Philip S. Golub

Shows how an embedded culture of force, expansion and US primacy has shaped American foreign policy and prevented democratic transformation.
From the American Revolution, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the waning popularity of the Iraq war, Philip Golub depicts the long American journey to global ascendancy.

Through the study of imperial identity formation, Golub shows how a culture of force and expansion has shaped American foreign policy. Taking a historical and sociological approach to his examination of the US logic of world power, he reveals how entrenched assumptions about America’s primacy inhibits democratic transformation at domestic and international levels, forging a new world where America is no longer able to set the global agenda.

Philip S. Golub is a widely published author and Contributing Editor of Le Monde Diplomatique. He is the author of Power, Profit and Prestige: A History of American Imperial Expansion (Pluto, 2010). He teaches International Relations and International Political Economy at the Institut d'etudes europeennes, Universite Paris 8 and at the American University of Paris (AUP).

'Depicts the long American journey to global ascendancy that is now being eroded by decline, and challenged by emergent rivals, especially China. This sophisticated, deeply informed, and beautifully constructed book is essential reading for all wishing an understanding of world politics in the early 21st century' - Richard Falk 'Lends realism to his historical interpretation of the rise of America's global empire during the past century and the crisis of its apparent decline during recent decades. The insightful book is an abundant resource for serious reflective thinking on the trajectory of world politics today' - Robert W. Cox 'A concise, well-judged and deeply informed analysis of the American empire. By taking a long historical view, Golub provides a full and wide-ranging examination of American conduct in the world' - Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, University of Chicago
1. Introduction
2. The American Empire In Its World Historical Setting
3. A Taste Of Blood In The Jungle: The Late Nineteenth Century
4. The Hierarchies Of Pax Americana
5. Power And Plenty In The Post-Cold War
6. Striving For Global Monopoly
7. Losing Control
8. Conclusion: Order, Hierarchy And Pluralism
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Published by Pluto Press in May 2010
Paperback ISBN: 9780745328713
eBook ISBN: 9781783717293

135mm x 215mm