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In this timely and compelling new volume, Michael Cox aims to analyse the whole of the Bush era in a broader historical context. In a cogent and carefully argued analysis, he uncovers some of the fundamental assumptions that tempted the Bush administration to go to war with Iraq, and explores the international consequences of that decision. He goes on to assess the current status of what he terms 'the American Empire' and looks ahead to life after George Bush.The book features a wide range of case studies, from an investigation of the events of 9/11 and their implication for international relations, to a comparison of America's global standing after the Cold War and following the invasion of Iraq.Written by the leading UK writer on American international relations, The Rise and Fall of the American Empire will be a highly influential contribution to American debates on the importance and the impact of the Bush era.
Table of Contents
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire? From Bush to Obama
Whatever happened to American Decline? International Relations and the New United States Hegemony
September 11 and the Study of International Relations
Meanings of Victory: American Power after the Towers
The Empire?s Back in Town: or America?s Imperial Temptation - Again
Beyond the West: Terrors in Transatlantia
From the Cold War to the War on Terror: or Why the Transatlantic Relationship may not be inevitable
A Japan that can say No - at last
Can China Rule the World?
Is the United States in decline - again?
Smart power to the rescue
Obama and the international relations of American decline
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