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By Neil Smith

An American Empire, built over the past century, some time past overtook ecu colonialism, and it's been broadly assumed that the recent globalism it espoused took us "beyond geography." Neil Smith debunks that assumption, delivering an incisive argument that American globalism had a special geography and was once pieced jointly as a part of a strong geographical imaginative and prescient. the facility of geography didn't die with the twilight of ecu colonialism, however it did swap essentially. That the inauguration of the yankee Century introduced a lack of public geographical sensibility within the usa used to be itself a political symptom of the rising empire. This booklet offers an important geographical-historical context for knowing the facility and bounds of up to date globalization, that can now be obvious as representing the 3rd of 3 particular old moments of U.S. worldwide ambition.

The tale unfolds via a decisive account of the profession of Isaiah Bowman (1878–1950), the main well-known American geographer of the 20th century. for almost 4 many years Bowman operated round the vortex of nation strength, operating to deliver an American order to the worldwide panorama. An explorer at the recognized Machu Picchu day trip of 1911 who got here to be identified first as "Woodrow Wilson’s geographer," and later as Frankin D. Roosevelt’s, Bowman was once current on the construction of U.S. liberal international coverage.

A quarter-century later, Bowman used to be on the heart of Roosevelt’s country division, keen on the disposition of Germany and heightened U.S. entry to eu colonies; he was once defined through Dean Acheson as a key "architect of the United Nations." In that interval he was once a pace-setter in American technological know-how, served as president of Johns Hopkins college, and have become an early and vociferous chilly warrior. a sophisticated, contradictory, and now and then debatable determine who was once a great deal within the public eye, he seemed at the disguise of Time journal.

Bowman’s profession as a geographer in an period while the worth of geography used to be deeply wondered presents a special window into the contradictory makes use of of geographical wisdom within the building of the yankee Empire. Smith’s old excavation unearths, in huge strokes but with full of life aspect, that modern day American-inspired globalization springs no longer from the Eighties yet from prior moments in 1919 and 1945, either one of which led to failure. via recharting the geography of this historical past, Smith brings the politics—and the limits—of modern globalization sharply into focus.

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