The New Imperialism

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People around the world are confused and concerned. Is it a sign of strength of or of weakness that the US has suddenly shifted from a politics of consensus to one of coercion on the world stage? What was really at stake in the war on Iraq? Was it all about oil and, if not, what else was involved? What role has a sagging economy played in pushing the US into foreign adventurism and what difference does it make that neo-conservatives rather than neo-liberals are now in power? What exactly is the relationship between US militarism abroad and domestic politics? These are the questions taken up in this compelling and original book. Closely argued but clearly written, David Harvey, a leading social theorist of his generation, builds a conceputal framework to expose the underlying forces at work behind these momentous shifts in US policies and politics. The compulsions behind the projection of US power on the world as a 'new imperialism' are here, for the first time, laid bare for all to see. 'David Harvey has written a profound, and profoundly disturbing, book. For thirty years his writings have taken aim at the complacent conviction that what exists works. Harvey is a scholarly radical.
 

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Contents

1 All About Oil
1
2 How Americas Power Grew
26
3 Capital Bondage
87
4 Accumulation by Disposession
137
5 Consent to Coercion
183
Afterword
213
Further Reading
233
Bibliography
237
Notes
245
Index
261
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About the author (2003)

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He formerly held professorial positions at Oxford University and The Johns Hopkins University and has written extensively on the political economy of globalization, urbanization, and cultural change.

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