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How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States
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Daniel Immerwahr
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How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States

Daniel Immerwahr


Bodley Head

History of the Americas;
History: earliest times to present day;
Colonialism & imperialism;
Political geography


416 pages

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For a country that has always denied having dreams of empire, the United States owns a lot of overseas territory.

America has always prided itself on being a champion of sovereignty and independence. We know it has spread its money, language and culture across the world - but we still think of it as a contained territory, framed by Canada above, Mexico below, and oceans either side. Nothing could be further from the truth.

How to Hide an Empire tells the story of the United States outside the United States - from nineteenth-century conquests like Alaska, Hawai'i, the Philippines and Puerto Rico, to the catalogue of islands, archipelagos and military bases dotted around the globe over which the Stars and Stripes flies. Many are thousands of miles from the mainland; all are central to its history.

But the populations of these territories, despite being subject to America's government, cannot vote for it; they have often fought America's wars, but they do not enjoy the rights of full citizens. These forgotten episodes cast American history, and its present, in a revealing new light. The birth control pill, chemotherapy, plastic, Godzilla, the Beatles, the name America itself - you can't understand the histories of any of thesewithout understanding territorial empire.

Full of surprises, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalisation mean today, How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history.

By:   Daniel Immerwahr
Imprint:   Bodley Head
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   774g
ISBN:   9781847923998
ISBN 10:   1847923992
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Daniel Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University and the author of Thinking Small- The United States and the Lure of Community Development, which won the Organization of American Historians? Merle Curti Award. He has written for n+1, The Nation, Dissent, and other publications.

There are many histories of American expansionism. How to Hide an Empire renders them all obsolete. It is brilliantly conceived, utterly original, and immensely entertaining - simultaneously vivid, sardonic and deadly serious. -- Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Twilight of the American Century This book changes our understanding of the fundamental character of the United States as a presence in world history. By focusing on the processes by which Americans acquired, controlled, and were affected by territory, Daniel Immerwahr shows that the United States was not just another empire, but was a highly distinctive one the dimensions of which have been largely ignored. -- David A. Hollinger, professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Protestants Abroad

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