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America and the World

Culture, Commerce, Conflict

Lawrence A. Peskin and Edmund F. Wehrle

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Although the twenty-first century may well be the age of globalization, this book demonstrates that America has actually been at the cutting edge of globalization since Columbus landed here five centuries ago.

Lawrence A. Peskin and Edmund F. Wehrle explore America's evolving connections with Europe, Africa, and Asia in the three areas that historically have been indicators of global interaction: trade and industry, diplomacy and war, and the "soft" power of ideas and culture. Framed in four chronological eras that mark phases in the long history of globalization, this book considers the impact...

Although the twenty-first century may well be the age of globalization, this book demonstrates that America has actually been at the cutting edge of globalization since Columbus landed here five centuries ago.

Lawrence A. Peskin and Edmund F. Wehrle explore America's evolving connections with Europe, Africa, and Asia in the three areas that historically have been indicators of global interaction: trade and industry, diplomacy and war, and the "soft" power of ideas and culture. Framed in four chronological eras that mark phases in the long history of globalization, this book considers the impact of international events and trends on the American story as well as the influence America has exerted on world developments. Peskin and Wehrle discuss how the nature of this influence—whether economic, cultural, or military—fluctuated in each period. They demonstrate how technology and disease enabled Europeans to subjugate the New World, how colonial American products transformed Europe and Africa, and how post-revolutionary American ideas helped foment revolutions in Europe and elsewhere. Next, the authors explore the American rise to global economic and military superpower—and how the accumulated might of the United States alienated many people around the world and bred dissent at home. During the civil rights movement, America borrowed much from the world as it sought to address the crippling "social questions" of the day at the same time that Americans—especially African Americans—offered a global model for change as the country strove to address social, racial, and gender inequality.

Lively and accessible, America and the World draws on the most recent scholarship to provide a historical introduction to one of today's vital and misunderstood issues.

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This book would be an excellent addition to an undergraduate curriculum. Hopefully, it will be generally adopted into classrooms as part of an international education.

Compelling and well-balanced... [America and the World] would serve well as a survey of American economic and diplomatic history in an undergraduate course.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I: 1492–1763
Introduction
1. Commerce and Conquest
2. The Many Wars for America
3. De-Indianizing American Culture
Part II: 1763–1898
Introduction
4. The Idea of Freedom in an Age

Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I: 1492–1763
Introduction
1. Commerce and Conquest
2. The Many Wars for America
3. De-Indianizing American Culture
Part II: 1763–1898
Introduction
4. The Idea of Freedom in an Age of Slavery
5. Developing a Continental Market
6. From Colonies to the Threshold of Empire
Part III: 1898–1945
Introduction
7. Reluctant Global Warriors
8. Emerging Economic Hegemon
9. Reforming a Chaotic World
Part IV: 1945–2010
Introduction
10. Globalization and Americanization
11. Becoming the "Indispensable Nation"
12. Civil Rights and World Culture
Conclusion
Notes
Suggested Further Reading
Index

Author Bios
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Edmund F. Wehrle

Edmund F. Wehrle is an associate professor of history at Eastern Illinois University and author of Between a River and a Mountain: The AFL-CIO and the Vietnam War.