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By Neil Smith

An American Empire, developed over the past century, some time past overtook ecu colonialism, and it's been broadly assumed that the hot globalism it espoused took us "beyond geography." Neil Smith debunks that assumption, delivering an incisive argument that American globalism had a special geography and was once pieced jointly as a part of a robust geographical imaginative and prescient. the ability of geography didn't die with the twilight of eu colonialism, however it did switch essentially. That the inauguration of the yankee Century introduced a lack of public geographical sensibility within the usa was once itself a political symptom of the rising empire. This ebook offers a necessary geographical-historical context for figuring out the ability and bounds of up to date globalization, which could now be visible as representing the 3rd of 3 designated historic moments of U.S. worldwide ambition.

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

A quarter-century later, Bowman was once on the heart of Roosevelt’s nation division, focused on the disposition of Germany and heightened U.S. entry to ecu colonies; he used to be defined through Dean Acheson as a key "architect of the United Nations." In that interval he used to be a pacesetter in American technology, served as president of Johns Hopkins collage, and have become an early and vociferous chilly warrior. a classy, contradictory, and every now and then debatable determine who used to be 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 worth of geography was once deeply wondered presents a distinct window into the contradictory makes use of of geographical wisdom within the building of the yank Empire. Smith’s ancient excavation unearths, in wide strokes but with energetic element, that cutting-edge American-inspired globalization springs no longer from the Nineteen Eighties yet from past moments in 1919 and 1945, either one of which led to failure. by means of recharting the geography of this heritage, Smith brings the politics—and the limits—of modern globalization sharply into focus.

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