The Bases of Empire

The Bases of Empire : The Global Struggle Against U.S. Military Posts

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This book examines US military bases across the globe including those in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It documents the massive political, economic and environmental impacts that these outposts have and studies the movements and campaigns against them.

US Military bases form a huge global system but are poorly understood by those not directly involved in their operation. The Pentagon is currently relocating many bases to fit with the strategies of pre-emption and resource control and this has intensified existing conflicts between the military and local people. The authors of this volume show how these seemingly local disputes are crucial to the success and failure of the American imperial project, and attempt to bring together the geographically scattered opposition movements to form a coherent campaign against the harmful effects of bases.

A key title for students of anthropology and politics, this collection will also open the eyes of US citizens to the damage the American empire causes in allied countries as well as in its war zones.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 maps + 6 photographs
  • 0745328334
  • 9780745328331

Table of contents


List of Figures

Preface, by Cynthia Enloe

Introduction: Bases, Empire, and Global Response, by Catherine Lutz

Part One: Mapping US Power

1. U.S. Foreign Military Bases and Military Colonialism: Personal and Analytical Perspectives, by Joseph Gerson

2. U.S. Military Bases in Latin America and the Caribbean, by John Lindsay-Poland

3. US Nuclear Weapons Bases in Europe, by David Heller and Hans Lammerant

4. Iraq as a Pentagon Construction Site, by Tom Engelhardt

Part Two: Global Resistance

5. People's Movement Responses to Evolving U.S. Military Activities in the Philippines, by Roland G. Simbulan

6. 'Give Us Back Diego Garcia': Unity and Division among Activists in the Indian Ocean, by David Vine and Laura Jeffery

7. Environmental Struggle after the Cold War: New Forms of Resistance to the U.S. Military in Vieques, Puerto Rico, by Katherine McCaffrey

8. Okinawa: Women's Struggle for Demilitarization, by Kozue Akibayashi and Suzuyo Takazato

9. Opposition to the US Military Presence in Turkey in the Context of the Iraq War, by Ayse Gul Altinay and Amy Holmes

10. Resisting Militarization in Hawai`I, by Kyle Kajihiro

Afterword: Down Here, by Julian Aguon

Notes on Contributors

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Review quote

'A powerful assessment of the world wide network of US Military bases. In studying the impact of militarism on people's lives. This book [makes] a major contribution' -- Kimberly Theidon, Harvard University
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About Catherine Lutz

Catherine A. Lutz is Professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies and Anthropology at Brown University. She has authored or edited a number of books, including The Bases of Empire (Pluto, 2008), Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century (Beacon Press, 2001) and Reading National Geographic (University of Chicago Press, 1993).
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