American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to by Neil Smith PDF

By Neil Smith

ISBN-10: 0520230272

ISBN-13: 9780520230279

ISBN-10: 0520243382

ISBN-13: 9780520243385

An American Empire, developed over the past century, some time past overtook ecu colonialism, and it's been generally assumed that the hot globalism it espoused took us "beyond geography." Neil Smith debunks that assumption, providing an incisive argument that American globalism had a different geography and used to be pieced jointly as a part of a robust geographical imaginative and prescient. the ability of geography didn't die with the twilight of ecu colonialism, however it did swap essentially. That the inauguration of the yank Century introduced a lack of public geographical sensibility within the usa used to be itself a political symptom of the rising empire. This ebook offers an essential geographical-historical context for realizing the ability and bounds of latest globalization, that may now be obvious as representing the 3rd of 3 special ancient moments of U.S. worldwide ambition.

The tale unfolds via a decisive account of the occupation of Isaiah Bowman (1878–1950), the main well-known American geographer of the 20 th century. for almost 4 many years Bowman operated round the vortex of nation energy, operating to convey an American order to the worldwide panorama. An explorer at the well-known Machu Picchu day trip 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 international coverage.

A quarter-century later, Bowman was once on the heart of Roosevelt’s nation division, considering the disposition of Germany and heightened U.S. entry to eu colonies; he used to be defined via Dean Acheson as a key "architect of the United Nations." In that interval he was once a pacesetter 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 from time to time arguable determine who used to be a great deal within the public eye, he seemed at the conceal of Time journal.

Bowman’s occupation as a geographer in an period while the price of geography was once deeply wondered presents a different window into the contradictory makes use of of geographical wisdom within the development of the yankee Empire. Smith’s ancient excavation finds, in vast strokes but with full of life aspect, that trendy American-inspired globalization springs no longer from the Nineteen Eighties yet from previous moments in 1919 and 1945, either one of which resulted in failure. via recharting the geography of this background, Smith brings the politics—and the limits—of modern globalization sharply into focus.

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