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American EmpireRoosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization$
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Neil Smith

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230279

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230279.001.0001

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The Lost Geography of the American Century

The Lost Geography of the American Century

(p.xxviii) (p.1) 1 The Lost Geography of the American Century
American Empire

Neil Smith

University of California Press

This chapter introduces the concept of “lost geography” and the American Century. It begins by discussing the two events that may be considered as the bookends of the American Century and the two central themes of the book. It then examines the rise of the American Empire, which was the most commanding event in the cultural and political economy of the twentieth century. This is followed by discussions on the three formative moments in the rise of the United States to globalism.

Keywords:   lost geography, American Century, central themes, American Empire, cultural economy, political economy, formative moments, globalism

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