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While there have been many analyses of American imperialism- few have equalled the breadth or insight of this seminal text- one of the first to provide a historical perspective on the origins of the American empire. Victor Kiernan- one of the worlds most respected historians- employs a nuanced knowledge of history- literature- and politics in tracing the evolution of American power. Far reaching and ambitious in scope- the book combines accounts of the changing relationship between Native Americans and the white population with readings of the works of key cultural figures- such as Melville and Whitman- as well as an analysis of the way in which money and politics became so closely intertwined in American democracy. Also included is a preface by Eric Hobsbawm providing insight into his own views on American imperialism as well as a valuable introduction to Victor Kiernans work. Together- they shed useful light on such issues as the uses and misuses of American military might- its lack of respect for international agreements- and the right to pre-emptive defence - issues which remain just as urgent today.... Please click here to ask a question
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