American Power Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of how the use of American power has been perceived by other nations through an analysis of "The New Imperialism" by David Harvey.
# 146108 | 889 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 15, 2010 in Political Science (U.S.) , Literature (General)

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This paper looks at how over the past three decades America has had problems with the way in which its use of its power has been perceived by other nations and how the past administration's use of inflammatory rhetoric and its decisions to move forward in Iraq without the consultation of its allies and supporters in the United Nations or on the national front cast America into a role of being perceived as a power monger. In particular, it examines how this poor attitude towards America can be better understood by reading David Harvey's (2005) book, "The New Imperialism" Chapter Two and discusses how Harvey helps us to see how America arrived at this place in time.

From the Paper:

"We are perhaps for the first time in our nation's history attempting to understand our own path to the power we are perceived by the rest of the world as having. In fact, as Harvey so succinctly demonstrates in his discussion on the political maneuvering, because America could not have by any stretch of the imagination have accomplished its present act upon the world stage without a supporting cast of world players (28). When they built America up for purposes of pursuing their own self-interest, then their support of America quickly began deteriorating, disintegrating to a lack of control of their own political forces, economies, and even inability to mobilize their human resources as they would have previously had the power to do."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harvey, David. The New Imperialism, Oxford University Press, 2005.

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