How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - We travel to the guano islands, and the Philippines, where prospectors collected one of the nineteenth century’s most valuable commodities, site of the most destructive event on U. S. A pathbreaking history of the united States’ overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empireWe are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states.

Instead, transportation, it put innovations in electronics, and culture to use, devising a new sort of influence that did not require the control of colonies. Soil. Doctors conducted grisly experiments they would never have conducted on the mainland and charts the emergence of independence fighters who would shoot up the U.

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States #ad - S. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire, ” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited?In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States.

Rich with absorbing vignettes, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today, full of surprises, How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history. Congress. In the years after world War II, Immerwahr notes, the United States moved away from colonialism.


The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

Metropolitan Books #ad - And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home. It is this new reality, grandin says, that explains the rise of reactionary populism and racist nationalism, the extreme anger and polarization that catapulted Trump to the presidency.

For centuries, he shows, america’s constant expansion—fighting wars and opening markets—served as a “gate of escape, ” helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. The border wall may or may not be built, but it will survive as a rallying point, an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism.

Longlisted for the 2019 national book award for nonfictionfrom a pulitzer prize finalist, a new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump’s border wall. Ever since this nation’s inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity.

The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America #ad - In the end of the myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier throughout the full sweep of U. S. History—from the american revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. But this deflection meant that the country’s problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly.


Colonialism/Postcolonialism The New Critical Idiom

Routledge #ad - It is the ideal guide for students new to colonial discourse theory, postcolonial studies or postcolonial theory as well as a reference for advanced students and teachers. This books includes:key features of the ideologies and history of colonialismthe relationship of colonial discourse to literatureanticolonial thought and movementschallenges to colonialism, including anticolonial discoursesrecent developments in postcolonial theories and historiesissues of sexuality and colonialism, and the intersection of feminist and postcolonial thoughtthe relationship of activist struggles and scholarship.

Colonialism/postcolonialism is the essential introduction to a vibrant and politically charged area of literary and cultural study. This edition also has extensive discussions of temporality, and the relationship between premodern, colonial and contemporary forms of racism. Topics covered include globalization, the environmental crisis, new grassroots movements including Occupy Wall Street, and the relationship between Marxism and postcolonial studies.

Colonialism/Postcolonialism The New Critical Idiom #ad - Loomba also discusses how ongoing struggles such as those of indigenous peoples, and the enclosure of the commons in different parts of the world shed light on the long histories of colonialism. Colonialism/postcolonialism is a comprehensive yet accessible guide to the historical, theoretical and political dimensions of colonial and postcolonial studies.

This new edition includes a new introduction and conclusion as well as extensive updates throughout.


Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

Harvard University Press #ad - They unified people from a variety of militant groups, including Klansmen, neo-Nazis, radical tax protestors, skinheads, and white separatists. It has declared all-out war against the federal government and its agents, and has carried out—with military precision—an escalating campaign of terror against the American public.

The white power movement operated with discipline and clarity, counterfeiting, undertaking assassinations, armed robbery, mercenary soldiering, and weapons trafficking. In its wake, grievances intensify and violence becomes a logical course of action for some. The white power movement in America wants a revolution.

Bring the war home argues for awareness of the heightened potential for paramilitarism in a present defined by ongoing war. In bring the war home, kathleen belew gives us the first full history of the movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War and made tragic headlines in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America #ad - Returning to an america ripped apart by a war that, a small but driven group of veterans, active-duty personnel, in their view, they were not allowed to win, and civilian supporters concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. Its command structure gave women a prominent place in brokering intergroup alliances and giving birth to future recruits.

Belew’s disturbing history reveals how war cannot be contained in time and space. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but are highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview of white supremacy, anticommunism, and apocalypse.


Thinking Small

Harvard University Press #ad - Intellectual history book awardthinking Small tells the story of how the United States sought to rescue the world from poverty through small-scale, community-based approaches. If that prior campaign’s record is as checkered as thinking Small argues, then its intellectual descendants must do some serious rethinking… How might those in twenty-first-century development and anti-poverty work forge a better path? They can start by reading Thinking Small.

Merlin chowkwanyun, boston review“as the historian daniel immerwahr demonstrates brilliantly in Thinking Small, the history of development has seen constant experimentation with community-based and participatory approaches to economic and social improvement…Immerwahr’s account of these failures should give pause to those who insist that going small is always better than going big.

Thinking Small #ad - Jamie martin, The Nation. Winner of the merle curti award in Intellectual History, Organization of American Historians Co-Winner of the Society for U. S. And it also sounds a warning: such strategies, now again in vogue, have been tried before, with often disastrous consequences. Unfortunately, far from eliminating deprivation and attacking the social status quo, bottom-up community development projects often reinforced them…This is a history with real stakes.


The Tragedy of American Diplomacy 50th Anniversary Edition

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - The powerful relevance of williams’s interpretation to world politics has only been strengthened by recent events in Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. First published in 1959, the book offered an analysis of the wellsprings of American foreign policy that shed light on the tensions of the Cold War and the deeper impulses leading to the American intervention in Vietnam.

Berle Jr. New york times book reviewThis incisive interpretation of American foreign policy ranks as a classic in American thought. A brilliant book on foreign affairs. Adolf A. Williams allows us to see that the interests and beliefs that once sent American troops into Texas and California, or Latin America and East Asia, also propelled American forces into Iraq.

The Tragedy of American Diplomacy 50th Anniversary Edition #ad - William appleman williams brilliantly explores the ways in which ideology and political economy intertwined over time to propel American expansion and empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


American Empire: A Global History America in the World Book 25

Princeton University Press #ad - After 1945, a profound shift in the character of globalization brought the age of the great territorial empires to an end. American empire goes beyond the myth of American exceptionalism to place the United States within the wider context of the global historical forces that shaped the Western empires and the world.

Industrial nation-state after the civil war paralleled developments in Western Europe, fostered similar destabilizing influences, and found an outlet in imperialism through the acquisition of an insular empire in the Caribbean and Pacific. G. He traces how the creation of a U. S. A new history of the united states that turns American exceptionalism on its headAmerican Empire is a panoramic work of scholarship that presents a bold new global perspective on the history of the United States.

Hopkins takes readers from the colonial era to today to show how, the United States and Western Europe followed similar trajectories throughout this long period, far from diverging, and how America’s dependency on Britain and Europe extended much later into the nineteenth century than previously understood.

American Empire: A Global History America in the World Book 25 #ad - In a sweeping narrative spanning three centuries, hopkins describes how the revolt of the mainland colonies was the product of a crisis that afflicted the imperial states of Europe generally, and how the history of the American republic between 1783 and 1865 was a response not to the termination of British influence but to its continued expansion.

The period of colonial rule that followed reflected the history of the European empires in its ideological justifications, economic relations, and administrative principles. Drawing on his expertise in economic history and the imperial histories of Britain and Europe, A.


American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News-From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror

Skyhorse #ad - Did the U. S. Foreign policy, how angelina jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy. Sirvent and haiphong detail just what Captain America’s shield tells us about the pretensions of U. S. Is a force for good in the world, the genocide of indigenous people, regardless of slavery, and the more than a century’s worth of imperialist war that the U.

S. Has wrought on the planet. Really “save the world” in world war ii? should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories we’re told that lead us to think that the U.


Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England Indigenous Americas

Univ Of Minnesota Press #ad - O’brien argues that local histories became a primary means by which European Americans asserted their own modernity while denying it to Indian peoples. Drawing on more than six hundred local histories from massachusetts, monuments, O’Brien explores how these narratives inculcated the myth of Indian extinction, Connecticut, and Rhode Island written between 1820 and 1880, and accounts of historical pageants and commemorations, as well as censuses, a myth that has stubbornly remained in the American consciousness.

In order to convince themselves that the indians had vanished despite their continued presence, O’Brien finds that local historians and their readers embraced notions of racial purity rooted in the century’s scientific racism and saw living Indians as “mixed” and therefore no longer truly Indian.

Erasing and then memorializing Indian peoples also served a more pragmatic colonial goal: refuting Indian claims to land and rights. Across nineteenth-century new England, antiquarians and community leaders wrote hundreds of local histories about the founding and growth of their cities and towns. These debates and the rich and surprising history uncovered in O’Brien’s work continue to have a profound influence on discourses about race and indigenous rights.

Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England Indigenous Americas #ad - They also insisted, often in mournful tones, that New England’s original inhabitants, had become extinct, the Indians, even though many Indians still lived in the very towns being chronicled. In firsting and Lasting, Jean M. Adaptation to modern life on the part of Indian peoples was used as further evidence of their demise.


The Cold War's Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace

Harper #ad - More than previous armed conflicts, the wars of the post-1945 era ravaged civilians across vast stretches of territory, from Korea and Vietnam to Bangladesh and Afghanistan to Iraq and Lebanon. A brilliant young historian offers a vital, comprehensive international military history of the Cold War in which he views the decade-long superpower struggles as one of the three great conflicts of the twentieth century alongside the two World Wars, and reveals how bloody the "Long Peace" actually was.

In this sweeping, paul thomas chamberlin boldly argues that the Cold War, deeply researched book, diplomatic standoff between democracy and communism, was actually a part of a vast, if tense, long viewed as a mostly peaceful, deadly conflict that killed millions on battlegrounds across the postcolonial world.

The Cold War's Killing Fields: Rethinking the Long Peace #ad - And the U. S. S. R. And determine the fate of societies throughout the Third World. Chamberlin provides an understanding of this sweeping history from the ground up and offers a moving portrait of human suffering, capturing the voices of those who experienced the brutal warfare. Chamberlin reframes this era in global history and explores in detail the numerous battles fought to prevent nuclear war,  bolster the strategic hegemony of the U.

S. For half a century, as an uneasy peace hung over europe, ferocious proxy wars raged in the Cold War’s killing fields, resulting in more than fourteen million dead—victims who remain largely forgotten and all but lost to history.


El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America

Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, race, belonging, community, and nationality. In 1883, to unify them, ” predicting that “to that composite american identity of the future, and sort them, Walt Whitman meditated on his country’s Spanish past: “We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts.

That future is here, and el norte, a stirring and eventful history in its own right, will make a powerful impact on our national understanding. However, as carrie gibson explains with great depth and clarity in El Norte, the nation has much older Spanish roots—ones that have long been unacknowledged or marginalized.

El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America #ad - Because of our shared english language, as well as the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the United States has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed.

El norte chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of hispanic north america from the arrival of the spanish in the early 16th century to the present—from Ponce de Leon’s initial landing in Florida in 1513 to Spanish control of the vast Louisiana territory in 1762 to the Mexican-American War in 1846 and up to the more recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico.

The hispanic past of the united states predates the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century, and has been every bit as important in shaping the nation as it exists today.