Rise and Fall of the American Empire

Rise and Fall of the American Empire

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In this timely and compelling new volume, Michael Cox aims to analyse the whole of the Bush era in a broader historical context. In a cogent and carefully argued analysis, he uncovers some of the fundamental assumptions that tempted the Bush administration to go to war with Iraq, and explores the international consequences of that decision. He goes on to assess the current status of what he terms 'the American Empire' and looks ahead to life after George Bush.

The book features a wide range of case studies, from an investigation of the events of 9/11 and their implication for international relations, to a comparison of America's global standing after the Cold War and following the invasion of Iraq.

Written by the leading UK writer on American international relations, The Rise and Fall of the American Empire will be a highly influential contribution to American debates on the importance and the impact of the Bush era.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745644473
  • 9780745644479

Table of contents

Introduction. The Decline and Fall of the American Empire? From Bush to Obama. Chapter 1: Whatever happened to American Decline? International Relations and the New United States Hegemony. Chapter 2: September 11 and the Study of International Relations. Chapter 3: Meanings of Victory: American Power after the Towers. Chapter 4: The Empire's Back in Town: or America's Imperial Temptation - Again. Chapter 5: Kagan's World. Chapter 6: Beyond the West: Terrors in Transatlantia. Chapter 7: From the Cold War to the War on Terror: or Why the Transatlantic Relationship may not be inevitable. Chapter 8: A Japan that can say No - at last. Chapter 9: Can China Rule the World? Chapter 10: Is the United States in decline - again? Chapter 11: Smart power to the rescue. Conclusion. Obama and the international relations of American decline.
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