American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to - download pdf or read online

By Neil Smith

ISBN-10: 0520230272

ISBN-13: 9780520230279

An American Empire, developed during the last century, in the past overtook eu colonialism, and it's been broadly assumed that the hot globalism it espoused took us "beyond geography." Neil Smith debunks that assumption, delivering an incisive argument that American globalism had a special geography and was once pieced jointly as a part of a robust geographical imaginative and prescient. the facility of geography didn't die with the twilight of eu colonialism, however it did switch essentially. That the inauguration of the yankee Century introduced a lack of public geographical sensibility within the usa used to be itself a political symptom of the rising empire. This booklet presents an essential geographical-historical context for realizing the ability and bounds of latest globalization, that could now be obvious as representing the 3rd of 3 designated old moments of U.S. worldwide ambition.The tale unfolds via a decisive account of the occupation of Isaiah Bowman (1878-1950), the main recognized American geographer of the 20th century. for almost 4 many years Bowman operated round the vortex of nation strength, operating to carry an American order to the worldwide panorama. An explorer at the recognized Machu Picchu excursion of 1911 who got here to be recognized first as "Woodrow Wilson's geographer," and later as Frankin D. Roosevelt's, Bowman used to be current on the production of U.S. liberal overseas coverage. A quarter-century later, Bowman used to be on the middle of Roosevelt's kingdom division, eager about the disposition of Germany and heightened U.S. entry to eu colonies; he used to be defined through Dean Acheson as a key "architect of the United Nations." In that interval he was once a pace-setter in American technological know-how, served as president of Johns Hopkins college, and have become an early and vociferous chilly warrior. a classy, contradictory, and now and then arguable determine who used to be greatly within the public eye, he seemed at the conceal of Time journal. Bowman's occupation as a geographer in an period whilst the price of geography was once deeply puzzled offers a distinct window into the contradictory makes use of of geographical wisdom within the development of the yankee Empire. Smith's ancient excavation finds, in extensive strokes but with full of life element, that modern American-inspired globalization springs now not from the Eighties yet from previous moments in 1919 and 1945, either one of which led to failure. through recharting the geography of this historical past, Smith brings the politics--and the limits--of modern globalization sharply into concentration.

Show description

Read or Download American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization PDF

Similar west books

Mary Herczog's Frommer's Las Vegas 2004 PDF

You are going to by no means fall into the vacationer traps in the event you go back and forth with Frommer's. it truly is like having a chum express you round, taking you to the areas locals like most sensible. Our professional authors have already long gone all over the place you could go—they've performed the legwork for you, and they are no longer afraid to inform it love it is, saving you time and cash.

Karl Samson's Frommer's Arizona 2006 (Frommer's Complete) PDF

Thoroughly up to date each year (unlike many of the competition), Frommer's Arizona positive factors stunning colour images of the state's staggering surroundings. super targeted and individually researched, this is often the main trustworthy and in-depth advisor you should purchase for an Arizona event. From world-class golfing motels to real dude ranches, from beautiful Southwestern-style B&Bs; to rustic hotels and secluded campgrounds, our authors have selected the superior locations to stick during the country, in all cost levels.

Download e-book for iPad: Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land--From Russian Fur Traders to the by Walter R. Borneman

The background of Alaska is full of tales of latest land and new riches -- and ever current are new individuals with competing perspectives over how those assets might be used: Russians exploiting a fur empire; explorers checking rival advances; prospectors stampeding to the clarion name of "Gold! "; infantrymen combating out a decisive bankruptcy in global battle; oil wildcatters searching for a special form of mineral wealth; and regularly on the center of those disputes is the query of the way the land is for use and through whom.

Download PDF by K. Reka Badger, Cheryl Crabtree, Robert Holmes: The California Directory of Fine Wineries: Central Coast:

California's so much celebrated significant coast wineries invite you on an impossible to resist trip . . . to the congenial tasting rooms of an unlimited and unspoiled paradise. With The California listing of excellent Wineries as your consultant, you will wander via world-famous Santa Barbara County, domestic to the landmark cellars of Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Rita Hills.

Additional resources for American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization

Example text

Among these was a prescient Vladimir Lenin, who, drawing on the German geographer Alexander Supan and challenging Luxemburg directly, argued that while the colonial powers had “completed the seizure of the unoccupied territories on our planet,” so that “for the first time the world is completely divided up,” this implied no inevitability of capitalist collapse. ”29 An arch-anticommunist, Mackinder would have been horrified by the parallels between Lenin’s relational geography of capitalist expansion and his own.

Its allure lay in its modern repackaging of the most cherished myths of national superiority addressed to global claims. Only the United States can win the war and adequately define war aims, Luce claimed. History bore the United States into a position of global leadership, and it should be unselfconsciously grasped. S. rulers should seize global power for the simple reason that they can: by virtue of their superior economic prowess, it was already de facto theirs. Manifest destiny breaks all bounds of national space.

The intense coupling of history and geography so redolent of the period following the Revolutionary War began to disintegrate, and Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous declaration of the end of the frontier line was a symptom as much as a cause. Geography could no longer contain history, and while history as a social and political discourse was thus liberated to explore the social rather than natural origins of societal change, geography was relegated to the realm of the fixed. Much as history was identified with Europe, geography was reduced to the stage upon which the emergent American history happened.

Download PDF sample

American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization by Neil Smith

by Kevin

Rated 4.36 of 5 – based on 23 votes