The Decline of American Power: The U.S. in a Chaotic World

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The internationally renowned theorist contends that the sun is setting on the American Empire. The United States in decline? Its admirers and detractors alike claim the opposite: that America is now in a position of unprecedented global supremacy. But in fact, Immanuel Wallerstein argues, a more nuanced evaluation of recent history reveals that America has been fading as a global power since the end of the Vietnam War, and, in the long term, its response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 may well hasten that decline. In this provocative volume Wallersteinthe "visionary" (Diplomatic History) originator of world-systems analysis and the most innovative social scientist of his generationturns his practiced analytical eye to the turbulent beginnings of the 21st century. Wallerstein upends conventional wisdom to produce a clear-eyedand troublingassessment of the crumbling international order and America's precarious footing at its pinnacle.

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A collection of essays on America's geopolitical status and, as the name suggests, its decline that international scheme. This is a book I'd dearly love to give more attention to at another time, but ... Read full review


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Some folks worry that America is embarking on a new course of world domination. Noted social scientist Wallerstein argues that our day in the imperial sun is already over.It seems counterintuitive to ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Immanuel Wallerstein is a senior research scholar in the department of sociology at Yale University and director emeritus of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University. He is also a resident researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. His many books include The Modern World-System and Historical Capitalism. The New Press has published After Liberalism, The Decline of American Power, and a collection of his works, The Essential Wallerstein. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and Paris, France.

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