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The Endgame of Globalization

The Endgame of Globalization
Author: Neil Smith
ISBN 13: 9780415950121
ISBN 10: 415950120
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2005-01-03
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
List Price: $40.00

Many currently argue that while America may indeed be the center of an empire, the empire is one of ideas, not a territorial empire. But as Neil Smith shows in this sharply argued account of what America's recent overseas adventures are really about, we are not in an entirely new stage of history where territorial control is only incidental to power. America does in fact draw much of its power from its export of ideas and its global economic strength. However, it also needs to assert control over geography because too much of the world refuses to follow in lockstep. Smith, the author of the award winning American Empire, blends detailed accounts of contemporary world affairs with an extended discussion of the territorial imperatives that drove American foreign policy throughout its history. As events in Iraq show, the American empire project is in its "endgame" stage, for never before has America's geopolitical vision been so all-encompassing, so global. But given the problems