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The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle against U.S. Military Posts [Paperback]

by Catherine Lutz
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March 1, 2009 0814752446 978-0814752449

A quarter of a million U.S. troops are massed in over seven hundred major official overseas airbases around the world. In the past decade, the Pentagon has formulated and enacted a plan to realign, or reconfigure, its bases in keeping with new doctrines of pre-emption and intensified concern with strategic resource control, all with seemingly little concern for the surrounding geography and its inhabitants.

The contributors in The Bases of Empire trace the political, environmental, and economic impact of these bases on their surrounding communities across the globe, including Latin America, Europe, and Asia, where opposition to the United States' presence has been longstanding and widespread, and is growing rapidly.

Through sharp analysis and critique, The Bases of Empire illuminates the vigorous campaigns to hold the United States accountable for the damage its bases cause in allied countries as well as in war zones, and offers ways to reorient security policies in other, more humane, and truly secure directions.

Contributors: Julian Aguon, Kozue Akibayashi, Ayse Gul Altinay, Tom Engelhardt, Cynthia Enloe, Joseph Gerson, David Heller, Amy Holmes, Laura Jeffery, Kyle Kajihiro, Hans Lammerant, John Lindsay-Poland, Catherine Lutz, Katherine McCaffrey, Roland G. Simbulan, Suzuyo Takazato, and David Vine.


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"Lutz makes a real contribution to the study of the American empire of bases."
-Chalmers Johnson at Truthdig.com

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"These fascinating case studies provide a powerful assessment of the worldwide network of U.S. military bases and the burgeoning anti-base campaign, and analyze the changing nature of empire building and the re-mapping of the sociopolitical terrain within the context of the 'global war on terror.' A major contribution to understanding the causes and consequences of U.S. military bases at home and abroad."
-—Kimberly Theidon,Harvard University

"A real contribution to the study of the American empire of bases. . . This book is an antidote to parochialsim."-Truthdig,

“The authors, primarily anthropologists, have written a series of essays demonstrating the ills of American military bases in various parts of the world, especially Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific Basin. Much of what they have written is accurate. American military bases and forces deployed overseas very often have been sources of insecurity and problems rather than promoting democracy, economic development, and stability.”
-Hal M. Friedman,Henry Ford Community College



“This book contains a powerful set of ideas and well referenced information to help inform the world of the reality of U.S. militarization of the global community.”
-The Palestine Chronicle

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This book examines US military bases across the globe including those in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It documents the massive political, economic and environmental impacts that these outposts have and studies the movements and campaigns against them. US Military bases form a huge global system but are poorly understood by those not directly involved in their operation. The Pentagon is currently relocating many bases to fit with the strategies of pre-emption and resource control and this has intensified existing conflicts between the military and local people. The authors of this volume show how these seemingly local disputes are crucial to the success and failure of the American imperial project, and attempt to bring together the geographically scattered opposition movements to form a coherent campaign against the harmful effects of bases. A key title for students of anthropology and politics, this collection will also open the eyes of US citizens to the damage the American empire causes in allied countries as well as in its war zones.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814752446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814752449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Telling the facts June 1, 2010
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It's good to see when someone has the guts to tell a story that is hidden. The US Military has been far too guilty for far too long. As of late, they've gotten much much worse. They're anti-civilian like never before, and it's alarming. Telling the the real story can help to encourage others to join the bandwagon against the heinous scheme.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was long, and drawn out. Although there were many facts that were displayed, it became repetitive and boring at times, kind of overdone.
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