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

By Neil Smith

An American Empire, built over the past century, in the past overtook eu colonialism, and it's been extensively assumed that the recent globalism it espoused took us "beyond geography." Neil Smith debunks that assumption, providing an incisive argument that American globalism had a special geography and was once pieced jointly as a part of a strong geographical imaginative and prescient. the facility 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 was once itself a political symptom of the rising empire. This booklet offers an important geographical-historical context for realizing the facility and boundaries of latest globalization, that could now be noticeable as representing the 3rd of 3 detailed ancient moments of U.S. international ambition.

The tale unfolds via a decisive account of the occupation of Isaiah Bowman (1878–1950), the main well-known American geographer of the 20th century. for almost 4 a long time Bowman operated round the vortex of country strength, operating to deliver an American order to the worldwide panorama. An explorer at the well-known Machu Picchu excursion of 1911 who got here to be recognized first as "Woodrow Wilson’s geographer," and later as Frankin D. Roosevelt’s, Bowman was once current on the construction of U.S. liberal overseas coverage.

A quarter-century later, Bowman was once on the middle of Roosevelt’s nation division, all for the disposition of Germany and heightened U.S. entry to ecu colonies; he was once defined by means of Dean Acheson as a key "architect of the United Nations." In that interval he used to be a pace-setter in American technology, served as president of Johns Hopkins college, and have become an early and vociferous chilly warrior. a classy, contradictory, and every now and then debatable determine who was once a great deal within the public eye, he seemed at the conceal of Time journal.

Bowman’s occupation as a geographer in an period whilst the price of geography used to be deeply puzzled offers a different window into the contradictory makes use of of geographical wisdom within the development of the yankee Empire. Smith’s historic excavation unearths, in vast strokes but with full of life element, that state-of-the-art American-inspired globalization springs now not from the Eighties yet from previous moments in 1919 and 1945, either one of which resulted in failure. by means of recharting the geography of this background, Smith brings the politics—and the limits—of modern globalization sharply into focus.

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