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The strength acquired by the United States in the aftermath of World War II was far greater than any single nation had ever possessed, at least since the Roman empire . . That the American 36 America in the Shadow of Empires people “might have set the crown of world empire on their brows” . . but chose not to, was a decision of singular importance in world history and recognized as such . . Let us not call this . . selfless. Americans are as self-interested as any other people. 13 Not everyone, however, buys into this notion of America as the reluctant imperialist, or of America as the benign empire.
3:1. 106 Moreover, and not surprisingly, as this scale of social inequality has gone up, America’s much-famed rate of social mobility has gone down. 109 Instead of experiencing rising levels of consumption, greater and greater numbers of Americans now find themselves trapped in poverty. 4 percent. By1973, it had effectively halved. But with the war on poverty then abandoned in the Reagan years, rates of poverty stabilized and in the recent recession rose again. 5 million people) were officially in poverty, one in three Americans were living within one tranche of the official poverty level for their size of family, and one American child in four lived in a household that was officially poor.
There are plenty of people out there who think that empires are good things. There are plenty of people out there who think that the American Empire is a particularly good thing, and there are plenty of others who deny that America is an empire at all. Before we can sensibly develop any comparative analysis of America and its predecessor empires, we need first to deal directly with those who deny the validity of the comparison. Is America an Empire? Not everybody thinks so. ” Indeed, “traditional scholarship on American foreign policy has espoused the same idea, consciously avoiding terms like ‘imperialism’ or ‘empire’ and instead using terms like ‘diplomacy,’” since “one of the great themes of American historiography .
America in the Shadow of Empires by David Coates (auth.)