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

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New Press, The, May 10, 2011 - Political Science - 324 pages
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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 its response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 looks certain to hasten that decline. In this provocative collection, the visionary originator of world-systems analysis and the most innovative social scientist of his generation turns a practiced analytical eye to the turbulent beginnings of the 21st century. Touching on globalization, Islam, racism, democracy, intellectuals, and the state of the Left, Wallerstein upends conventional wisdom to produce a clear-eyed—and troubling$mdash;assessment of the crumbling international order.
 

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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

THE DECLINE OF AMERICAN POWER: The U.S. in a Chaotic World

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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

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PART ONE The Thesis
11
PART TWO Multiple Rhetorics and Realities
29
PART THREE Where Are We Heading?
217
Afterwords
295
1 The Righteous War
297
2 Shock and Awe?
303
PERMISSIONS
309
INDEX
311
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Wallerstein studied at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1959. His work has focused primarily on what he calls "world systems theory," which deals with the socioeconomic dynamics of global dependence and interdependence. As Wallerstein sees it, the wealthy nations of the world control and manipulate the destinies of weaker nations and keep them dependent. The world system is an outcome of historic global, political, and ideological forces leading to Western hegemony.

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