Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State

Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State


At the tip of the 19th century the U.S. rapidly occupied a string of small islands dotting the Caribbean and Western Pacific, from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Hawaii and the Philippines. Colonial Crucible: Empire within the Making of the trendy American State unearths how this test in direct territorial rule subtly yet profoundly formed U.S. coverage and practice—both overseas and, crucially, at domestic. Edited by means of Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco A. Scarano, the essays during this quantity exhibit how the problem of ruling such far-flung territories strained the U.S. kingdom to its limits, growing either the necessity and the chance for daring social experiments now not but attainable in the usa itself. Plunging Washington’s rudimentary forms into the white warmth of nationalist revolution and imperial competition, colonialism was once a crucible of swap in American statecraft. From a ramification of the government to the construction of agile public-private networks for greater worldwide governance, U.S. empire produced far-reaching innovations.
    relocating way past conception, this quantity takes the next move, including a fine-grained, empirical texture to the examine of U.S. imperialism by way of interpreting its particular effects. throughout a wide variety of institutions—policing and prisons, schooling, race kin, public health and wellbeing, legislation, the army, and environmental management—this formative event left a long-lasting institutional imprint. With every one essay distilling years, occasionally a long time, of scholarship right into a concise argument, Colonial Crucible finds the roots of a legacy obtrusive, such a lot lately, in Washington’s misadventures within the heart East.

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