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Rethinking American History in a Global Age$
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Thomas Bender

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230576

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230576.001.0001

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The Age of Global Power

The Age of Global Power

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Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Marilyn B. Young

University of California Press

This chapter studies the age of global power in the United States. It states that for the past five years, the United States has been the most powerful country in the world. One problem for historians is that they need to know not only how to think about the United States without restoring its own centered sense of itself, but also how to do this without discarding the success it has achieved in centralizing power in the world. One section mentions the awareness diplomatic historians have of the irony of writing about U.S. engagement with other nations, while another section is concerned with the work of John Lewis Gaddis. The chapter also discusses the impact armed U.S. intervention has on the world.

Keywords:   global power, centralizing power, diplomatic historians, John Lewis Gaddis, armed U.S. intervention

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