Coverart for item
The Resource Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)

Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)

Label
Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors
Title
Among empires
Title remainder
American ascendancy and its predecessors
Statement of responsibility
Charles S. Maier
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Annotation:
  • Annotation:
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Maier, Charles S
LC call number
E183.7
LC item number
.M27 2006eb
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
ebrary, Inc
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National characteristics, American
  • Imperialism
  • Imperialism
  • United States
  • United States
Summary expansion
  • This elegantly written book examines the structure and impact of empires and asks whether the United States shares their traits and behavior. Charles S. Maier outlines the essentials of empire throughout history, then explores the exercise of U.S. power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With learning, dispassion, and clarity, Among Empires offers bold comparisons and an original account of American power
  • Contemporary America, with its unparalleled armaments and ambition, seems to many commentators a new empire. Others angrily reject the designation. What stakes would being an empire have for our identity at home and our role abroad? A preeminent American historian addresses these issues in light of the history of empires since antiquity. This elegantly written book examines the structure and impact of these mega-states and asks whether the United States shares their traits and behavior. Eschewing the standard focus on current U.S. foreign policy and the recent spate of pro- and anti-empire polemics, Charles S. Maier uses comparative history to test the relevance of a concept often invoked but not always understood. Marshaling a remarkable array of evidence--from Roman, Ottoman, Moghul, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and British experience--Maier outlines the essentials of empire throughout history. He then explores the exercise of U.S. power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, carefully analyzing its economic and strategic sources and the nation's relationship to predecessors and rivals. To inquire about empire is to ask what the United States has become as a result of its wealth, inventiveness, and ambitions. It is to confront lofty national aspirations with the realities of the violence that often attends imperial politics and thus to question both the costs and the opportunities of the current U.S. global ascendancy. With learning, dispassion, and clarity, Among Empires offers bold comparisons and an original account of American power. It confirms that the issue of empire must be a concern of every citizen
Label
Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-346) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000102696
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780674025561
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000102696
Label
Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-346) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000102696
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780674025561
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000102696

Library Locations

    • Thomas Jefferson LibraryBorrow it
      1 University Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63121, US
      38.710138 -90.311107
Processing Feedback ...