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

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Published: 05-Mar-2019
Format: Paperback, 416 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781847923998
Stock Code: 7923998
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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, atolls, and archipelagos dotted around the globe that are still American soil. Many are thousands of miles from the mainland; all are central to its history.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. 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. Full of surprises, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today, How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history.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, atolls, and archipelagos dotted around the globe that are still American soil. Many are thousands of miles from the mainland; all are central to its history.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. 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. Full of surprises, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today, How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history.
Daniel Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University and the author of Thinking Small- The United States and the Lure of Community Development, which won the Organization of American Historians? Merle Curti Award. He has written for n 1, The Nation, Dissent, and other publications.
 
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