American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers.pdf

American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers.pdf


Since the birth of the nation, the idea of empire has been at the heart of the United States’ image of itself. Through a close reading of both the acknowledged grand strategists as well as the more non-conformist foreign policy analysts, Anderson charts the entwined historical development of America’s imperial reach and its role as the general guarantor of capital. The tensions between these are traced from the closing stages of the Second World War through the Cold War to the War on Terror. Despite the defeat of the USSR, Anderson shows that the planetary structures for warfare and surveillance have not been retracted but extended. The future of the Empire remains to be settled.

“One of the best political, historical and literary essayists of the age.” —Times Literary Supplement

“A powerful and lucid intelligence.” —Eric Hobsbawm

“One of the acutest and most unsparing analysts of twentieth-century social and political thought.” —Stefan Collini

“The most polymathic, and the most profound, essayist currently wielding a pen.” —Christopher Hitchens

“Anderson is among the most insightful and policy-relevant analysts of modern Europe.” —Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs

Praise for The New Old World:

“This is a hugely ambitious and panoramic political book, of a sort rarely attempted in our era of quick leader biographies and reheated histories of the Second World War.” —Andy Beckett, Guardian

Perry Anderson is the author of, among other books, Spectrum; Lineages of the Absolutist State; Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism; Considerations on Western Marxism; English Questions; The Origins of Postmodernity; The New Old World; and The Indian Ideology. He teaches history at UCLA and is on the editorial board of New Left Review.


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