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

by Immerwahr

For a country that has always denied having dreams of empire the United States owns a lot of overseas territory America has always prided itself on being a champion of sovereignty and independence We know it has spread its money language and culture across the world but we still think of it as a contained territory framed by Canada above Mexico below and oceans either side Nothing could be further from the truth How to Hide an Empire tells the story of the United States outside the United States from nineteenth century conquests like Alaska Hawai i the Philippines and Puerto Rico to the catalogue of islands archipelagos and military bases dotted around the globe over which the Stars and Stripes flies Many are thousands of miles from the mainland all are central to its history But the populations of these territories despite being subject to America s government cannot vote for it they have often fought America s wars but they do not enjoy the rights of full citizens These forgotten episodes cast American history and its present in a revealing new light The birth control pill chemotherapy plastic Godzilla the Beatles the name America itself you can t understand the histories of any of thesewithout understanding territorial empire Full of surprises and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalisation mean today How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history

ISBN: 9781847923998 SKU: 2030301006455
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