The United States has been fighting wars constantly since invading Afghanistan in 2001. This nonstop warfare is far less exceptional than it might seem: the United States has been at war or has invaded other countries almost every year since independence. In The United States of War, David Vine traces this pattern of bloody conflict from Columbus's 1494 arrival in Guantanamo Bay through the 250-year expansion of a global US empire. Drawing on historical and firsthand anthropological research in fourteen countries and territories, The United States of War demonstrates how US leaders across generations have locked the United States in a self-perpetuating system of permanent war by constructing the world's largest-ever collection of foreign military bases-a global matrix that has made offensive interventionist wars more likely. Beyond exposing the profit-making desires, political interests, racism, and toxic masculinity underlying the country's relationship to war and empire, The United States of War shows how the long history of U.S. military expansion shapes our daily lives, from today's multi-trillion-dollar wars to the pervasiveness of violence and militarism in everyday U.S. life. The book concludes by confronting the catastrophic toll of American wars-which have left millions dead, wounded, and displaced-while offering proposals for how we can end the fighting.
California Uni Pr Trade
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Series: California Series in Public Anthropology
07 January 2021
List of Illustrations Preface A Note on Language and Terminology Introduction: If We Build Them, Wars Will Come Part I Imperial Succession 1. Conquest 2. Occupied Part II Expanding Empire 3. Why Are So Many Places Named Fort? 4. Invading Your Neighbors 5. The Permanent Indian Frontier 6. Going Global Part III imperial transitions 7. The Military Opens Doors 8. Reopening the Frontier Part IV Global Empire 9. Empire of Bases 10. The Spoils of War 11. Normalizing Occupation 12. Islands of Imperialism 13. The Colonial Present 14. Building Blowback Part V Hyperimperialism 15. Did the Cold War End? 16. Out-of-Control War 17. War Is the Mission Conclusion: Ending Endless Wars Gratitude and Thanks Appendix: U.S. Wars, Combat, and Other Combat Actions Abroad Notes Suggested Resources Index
David Vine is Professor of Anthropology at American University. His other books include Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia.
Reviews for The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State
While the idea that the global expansion of military bases corresponds with the rise of US empire may seem obvious, this book convincingly shows that it is both consequence and cause. Vine brilliantly documents the way widespread global military positions - which are always sold to the public as defensive - are, by their very nature, offensive and become their own, self-fulfilling ecosystems of conquest. . . . One walks away convinced that the US empire and its global network of bases must be dismantled if we are to have any hope of putting a stop to the devastating cycle of endless US wars and meddling. * Jacobin * Military expansion, war without end, and the pervasiveness of violence in American lives: Vine offers countless insights into this uniquely American way of war. * Foreword Reviews * A wide-ranging survey of the American way of war, expensive and incessant, in support of an empire we're not supposed to have. . . . Vine offers much to ponder about our militarized foreign policy and its deep antecedents. * Kirkus Reviews *