- Series: Clarendon Lectures in Geography and Environmental Studies
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Geral edition (February 17, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199278083
- ISBN-13: 978-0199278084
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harvey is scholarly but adamant about the hidden dynamics behind the U.S. war on Iraq. Though the U.S. does not fit the old model of an imperial nation, it nonetheless has shown such predilections for some time. Harvey cites the U.S.' ruthlessness in pressing global hegemony since the 1800s, including the internment of Japanese in World War II and the recent Patriot and Homeland Security Acts. Exploring the geopolitical and economic issues that are driving the hostilities in Iraq, Harvey views the war as a diversion from domestic issues and a perfect opportunity for neoconservatives to press their hegemonic agenda. He examines the symbiotic and parasitic relationship between Wall Street, the U.S. Treasury, and the International Monetary Fund as he explores how the U.S. has used an array of tactics, from trade embargoes to military force, to gain geopolitical influence. Vanessa Bush
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"A high accessible and thought-provoking book." --The Professional Geographer
"He makes an important theoretical contribution to understanding contemporary empire's vicissitudes'."--The Times Higher Education Supplement
"The New Imperialism merits the widest possible public. David Harvey is a social theorist known for a cool, analytical style born of interdisciplinary inquiry, coupled with a keen feeling for political significance. This book showcases his talent.'"--The Boston Phoenix
"Navigating effortlessly between history, economics, geography and politics, with persuasive argument and lucid prose, David Harvey places today's headlines in context and makes sense of the early twenty-first century maelstrom we're all caught up in. His concept of accumulation by dispossession will go far. 'The New Imperialism' is a truly useful book."--Susan George, Associate Director, The Transnational Institute, Amsterdam
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To be brief, this book proposes several points. First, America has gradually turned into an empire over the last fifty years. As evidence, the author points to the dozens of military bases the US has around the world. American now has more military installations in more places than any other nation that has ever existed. Many of these bases are located in countries that are not democratic; i.e. the citizens of these countries did not vote to invite America's military in. The only possible conclusions are that the local government stays in power through America's support (financial or otherwise), or are outright puppet governments.Read more ›
D. Harvey places in context the recent developments in US foreign policy. He wrote this book before April 2003 yet, he could still easily see through the smoke screen arguments of WMD, democracy!
Concerning Iraq, Harvey argued that the main goal of USA was regime change and to establish a client state there to control the oil reserves & routes of Middle East. He reminds the US had plans set up for a conflict with Iraq much before the first Gulf War.
Harvey notes the existence of a US empire was long recognized by leftists long ago. It was only after 9/11 when the conservatives started also to recognize this empire and in fact argued for the benefits of one. During Clinton years, this American empire was more like the old Ottoman Empire, a tolerant one with light footprints. Now, it is more like the hard-pressing Roman Empire, trying to change cultures wholesale, not satisfied with only the consent of governments. Most Americans don't understand this, but the pressure by USA in less developed countries in fact causes only resentment and anger there.
He also speculates the war may be a method to distract Americans from rebelling against the government because of deteriorating conditions in economy.
Overall, it is an easy short read containing substantial arguments.
Harvey begins "The New Imperialism" by posing the question of how to properly define an "empire." What is an empire? Why is the U.S. an empire? What drives the financial, political, and military elite of the U.S. to carry out their imperial ambitions? What changed about the imperialism that drove colonialism to the imperialism that drives neo-colonialism?
Harvey, as usual in his books, covers lots of ground in a relatively short amount of space.Read more ›
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Good arms length analysis. The lessons are repeated over and over but we seem incapable of learning that the solutions do not come from physical might being right.Published 13 months ago by Patrick McIntosh
This is a dense book. It is not long, it is incredibly insightful, and it should change your views on globalization and world economy. But this is a dense book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by James Taylor
This book raises a lot of questions can the idolized America of our collective memory survive in the 21st century? Read morePublished on May 27, 2008 by General Pete