L'America si è sempre vantata di essere un esempio di sovranità e indipendenza. Sappiamo che ha diffuso il suo denaro, la sua lingua e cultura in giro per il mondo, ma continuiamo a pensare ad essa come a un universo geo-graficamente ben definito, limitato a nord dal Canada, a sud dal Messico e dagli oceani ai lati. Nulla di meno vero. A partire dall'Ottocento, gli Stati Uniti cominciarono ad annettere numerosissimi territori oltremare e dopo la Seconda guerra mondiale l'impero americano raggiunse la sua massima espansione, con più persone che vivevano al di fuori del continente che al suo interno. Tuttavia, negli anni che seguirono, si concepì un nuovo tipo di influenza che non richiedesse il controllo delle colonie, anche grazie a innovazioni in diversi campi (dall'elettronica ai trasporti e dalla medicina alla cultura popolare). La pillola anticoncezionale, la chemioterapia, la plastica, Godzilla, i Beatles, lo stesso nome «America»: non possiamo capire niente di tutto ciò senza comprendere il concetto di impero territoriale. Ricco di sorprese e analisi innovative, sempre animato da una concezione originale di cosa significhino oggi impero e globalizzazione, questo libro getta una luce piena di contrasti sul ruolo degli Stati Uniti nella storia mondiale.
- ISBN: 8806243632
- Casa Editrice: Einaudi
- Pagine: 616
Excellent. A must read. Seriously, go read it right now. I grew up in the shadow of the US empire so I've always understood that the US was an empire, but it did occur to me at some point after I immigrated that no one here saw it that way. On the middle east, the story was that Middle Easterners ju Leggi tutto
How many high school teachers in the US know how Guantanamo Bay came to be US territory? How many know that the Philippines was managed as a colony for 47 years? While I expect most know that Puerto Ricans are US citizens (even if they didn’t before Hurricane Maria) do they know that (or more import Leggi tutto
This brand new book is a lucidly written, very absorbing account of imperial U.S. that the usual ignorant America First people don't want to hear. They're unwilling to own up to our mistakes, so are doomed to repeat them. You will not find most of this in American history books. ============= The coll Leggi tutto
Years ago, I read a book by one of the Chaser team called American Hoax. Anyway, in part that book had been written because while Firth was in the US he had been chatting with people about politics and he mentioned in passing the US empire. “Hey, hey, hey, whoa, you need to hold on up there a second Leggi tutto
This has a Sesame Street vibe. Wait, stop, you know I don’t mean that as a pejorative so don’t scrunch up your face quite yet. See, if you come into How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States without a lot of prior knowledge, it’s super engrossing. Like when you are a kid watching Leggi tutto
I received this book from Goodreads. "In the end, this book's main contribution is not archival, bringing to light some never-before-seen document. It's perspectival, seeing a familiar history differently." page 16 A brilliant book! How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States is a mu Leggi tutto
Surely a 4.5 but just fell short of a full 5 star rating. I’m not someone who knows much of American history - we obviously didn’t need to study it in school and whatever I’ve gleaned through in the past few years has been by watching documentaries, tv shows or reading fiction inspired by true histor Leggi tutto
I recently had the privilege of receiving an advanced copy of "How to Hide an Empire," by Daniel Immerwahr (courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux). I am pleased to report that this book is one of the finest recent analysis of imperialism (in its modern, evolved, guise). What is more, this formidable Leggi tutto
This is a run don’t wait to read type of book. It’s dense with information but so readable. There was so much in this book that i didn’t know before or was exposed to a whole other viewpoint. It really brought home the idea of standardization and makes me wonder about it has affected my profession, Leggi tutto
I love history. It was one of my favorite classes in school, even though I'm pretty bad about remembering dates or specifics. But more than history, what i really love is origin stories. I LOVE knowing how things start, how they form. In my opinion, expert as it so obviously is, I can only truly app Leggi tutto
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