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American imperialism?

Steve Reyna

This essay is concerned with where the current of global political and economic events runs. It addresses this concern by erecting an argument in three stages. First, a string being theory (SBT) is outlined. Second, this theory is used to formulate an SBT approach to imperialism, one that might be imagined as Lenin by alternative (theoretical) means, emphasizing the role of violent force. The 'seven deadly sirens'—generalizations that predict the exercise of violent force under different conditions in imperial systems—are introduced. Third, certain post-1945 US government uses of violence are analyzed in terms of their fit with the seven sirens' predictions. Oil depletion is considered as contributing to systemic crisis in capital accumulation, and its role in Gulf War II is explored. It is concluded that US government violence is consistent with the sirens' predictions. The essay terminates with speculation about where the current runs.

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Sinophobia, American Imperialism, Disorder Without Responsibility

Shuchen Xiang

In this paper, I endeavor to clarify how modern anti-Asian racism and Sinophobia generally must be understood in light of the larger political and ideological framework of American imperialism and that it is not possible to understand modern anti

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Republican Imperialisms

Narrating the History of “Empire” in France, 1885–1900

Christina Carroll

harness the force of its empire more effectively, as each colony would “freely” contribute its energies toward French goals. 2 In these articles, Saint-Paul worked to reclaim the terms “empire” and “imperialism” from Bonapartist politics. He likely did so

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“Space without People”

Austro-German Filmmaker, Bestselling Author, and Journalist Colin Ross Discovers Australia

Siegfried Mattl

context of modern technology, education, science, media revolution, identity-production, and colonialism or imperialism ( Ruoff 2006 ). Jennifer Peterson in her analysis of early American travel films went further by ascribing a kind of resistance to non

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German Colonial Rule in Present-day Namibia

The Struggle for Discursive Shifts in History Education

Patrick Mielke

perceptions. The article is based on a chapter from my dissertation in which I explore the enactment of belonging and difference in German history instruction based on an examination of German history lesson units on imperialism. 4 After presenting

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Globalizing the Intellectual History of Democracy

Samuel Moyn and Jean-Paul Gagnon

necessity and choice. The experience of modern imperialism and global Cold War competition had the effect of eradicating most competition ideologically – the ecosystem, as it were, got winnowed down substantially, since the war was over the exact form of

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Girl in American Flag Hijab

Noha Beydoun

American imperialism. The visual of donning an American flag hijab encapsulates an embodiment of a liberated/oppressed binary that emerges when notions of freedom are mediated through hijab. Using David Harvey's (2005) theory on neoliberalism as a

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Invoking a World of Ideas

Theory and Interpretation in the Justification of Colonialism

David Boucher

contingent on those circumstances, but the veracity of the arguments depend on the constellation of ideas as a whole. The history of the European colonisation of non-European territories and subsequent policies of imperialism illustrate a general tendency

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Critiquing Sub-Saharan Pan-Africanism through an Appraisal of Postcolonial African Modernity

Lawrence Ogbo Ugwuanyi

a space for the ideology of pan-Africanism. The central argument of the article, however, is that the developmental paradigm driving pan-Africanism gives support to Western imperialism, which stands against the ultimate dream of pan-Africanism. The

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Eyewitness Accounts during the Putumayo Rubber Boom

Manuel Antonio Mesones Muro—the “Madman of the Marañon River,” Cárlos Oyague y Calderón—the State Engineer, and Roger Casement—“Not of the Real World” Humanitarian

Rupert J. M. Medd and Hélène Guyot

invention of distinct national identities, the establishment of firm racial hierarchies, the consolidation of narratives of progress, development, scientific advance, and white supremacy; those were the ideologies that made imperialism possible. Yet the very