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American Soldiers Overseas: The Global Military Presence (Perspectives on the Twentieth Century) Hardcover – September 30, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0275973544 ISBN-10: 0275973549 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Perspectives on the Twentieth Century
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275973549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275973544
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,946,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anni Baker has done a great service by highlighting a most significant, but rarely understood feature of American foreign policy. Armed with clear prose, this is a work of impressive historical detail and geographic scope.... This book offers profound lessons that are more timely than ever. - Charles Moskos, Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University. The question of how others perceive the United States, its leadership, and its citizens has long occupied the attention of scholars.... So, too, has the inseparable question of what influences how others perceive the United States... One robust influence is the stationing of U.S. armed forces throughout the globe. Baker has produced a pioneering history of the effects of the global presence of the U.S. military throughout the Cold War. We can learn much from it about then - and about now. - Richard H. Immerman, Chair of History, Temple University."

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Examines the history and cultural impact of the U.S. military presence around the world, focusing on the two-way exchange, both positive and negative, where societies meet.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Draven on May 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever wondered what people living near those U.S. bases overseas think about the American soldiers in their midst, look no further. This book tells the real story of the social and political impact of American military bases throughout the world. It's a story that most Americans don't have a clue about, but we should. The Sept. 11 attacks occurred in part because of the "defilement" of Saudi Arabia by infidel U.S. soldiers.

Baker starts with a nice overview of the development of the modern military from the beginnings of the nation until World War II, when the United States became a global power. She describes the creation of the global base system after the war, and talks about the inevitable opposition that developed in the 1960s. She then devotes chapters to specific nations or regions: Germany, Panama, the Philippines, Japan (Okinawa), South Korea, and the Middle East.

I was amazed at the impact U.S. military bases have had in various parts of the world. In Panama, there were huge and bloody riots after American students on a base disrespected the Panamanian flag. In Okinawa, the rape of a young girl by three American servicemen provoked years of organized protest against the bases. In the Philippines and South Korea, opponents objected to the disgusting camptowns, where thousands of young women worked as prostitutes. For the past five decades, the U.S. military presence overseas has been a source of irritation and anger from all kinds of people, especially in poorer areas where brothels and bars surround the bases.

On the other hand, Americans and American military communities have done a lot of good. First of all by protecting civilians from hostile neighbors, as in South Korea.
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