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Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires, 1688 to the Present Paperback – January 26, 2012
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"At a time when comparative method in history has given way to "entangled" and transnational histories, Go makes a strong case for rigorous comparison as a way toward a greater understanding of the dynamics of modern empires." -Clara Altman, H-Net Reviews
"an ambitious, courageous, and largely successful effort. [...] Patterns of Empire is a fascinating and enlightening read that expands our comprehension of world history and has important implications for the current global situation." -The American Journal of Sociology
"In this forcefully argued comparative history, Julian Go refutes exceptionalist interpretations of American imperialism. [...]...an important, boldly presented study that deserves a wide readership.... a significant contribution to the growing literature on empire in American history and will shape the future research agenda." -Jay Sexton, Oxford University, Journal of American History
"Go's book is an argument against myopic scholarship and politics. It demands engagement with the concept of empire that takes seriously historical eras and conceptual categories within and across imperial formations. And, importantly, it provides a well-researched, well-argued, well-written model for so doing. [...] Patterns of Empire is a brave, bold, and most welcome piece of scholarship." - Carole McGranahan, The American Historical Review
Patterns of Empire comprehensively examines the two most powerful empires in modern history: the United States and Britain. Challenging the popular theory that the American empire is unique, Patterns of Empire shows how the policies, practices, forms, and historical dynamics of the American empire repeat those of the British, leading up to the present climate of economic decline, treacherous intervention in the Middle East, and overextended imperial confidence. A critical exercise in revisionist history and comparative social science, this book also offers a challenging theory of empire that recognizes the agency of non-Western peoples, the impact of global fields, and the limits of imperial power.
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The only criticism of Go's excellent analysis is that he doesn't look at the UK's decolonialization of the 1950s. Comparing that time period to the inevitable future closure of a raft of American military bases all over the world would give us a better insight as to the challenges that the USA will face in the near term future.
It is obvious why this book has won so many prizes for political studies.