America: From White Settlement to World Hegemony (Paperback)

America: From White Settlement to World Hegemony By Victor Kiernan, Eric Hobsbawm (Preface by), John Trumpbour (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Victor Kiernan, Eric Hobsbawm (Preface by), John Trumpbour (Afterword by)
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While there have been many analyses of American imperialism, few have equaled the breadth or insight of America: From White Settlement to World Hegemony, which was one of the first books to provide a historical perspective on the origins of the American empire.
Victor Kiernan, heralded by Edward Said as the “great Scottish historian of empire,” employs a nuanced knowledge of history, literature, and politics in his tracing of the evolution of American power. Far reaching and ambitious in its 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. The result is a compelling account of how the country came to be the dangerous global power that it is today. Brought up-to-date with an afterword by John Trumpbour, research director at Harvard Law School,  this new edition includes a look at America’s ongoing war on terror.  

About the Author

Victor Kiernan (1913-2009) was one of Britain’s most distinguished historians and the author of The Lords of Human Kind, European Empires from Conquest to Collapse, and Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen, among many others.  

Praise For…

"The re-issue of Kiernan’s fine study of American imperialism is a very welcome event. His acute analysis, penetrating insights, and immense knowledge have lost none of their luster and are of great contemporary significance."
— Noam Chomsky

“A graphic account of imperial imaginings.”
— Perry Anderson, in American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers
Product Details
ISBN: 9781783605989
ISBN-10: 1783605987
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: October 15th, 2015
Pages: 460
Language: English