The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000

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This book defines war, rather than liberty, as the primary means by which the peoples of North America have defined social, cultural, and political boundaries for the last half-millennium. From the Seven Years' War, to the ambivalent response to the First World War, through to involvement in the Second World War, Vietnam and Iraq, this book traces the birth and evolution of a militaristic nation. The Dominion of War is a landmark account of how republic and empire have coexisted in history as two faces of the same coin. It is sure to contribute to the debate on the imperialist ambitions of America's foreign policy in the twenty-first century.

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"'Vivid and memorable... Anderson carries his mastery of a vast scholarly literature lightly...eventful and fast-paced yet always clear. His exposition of cultural conflicts, strategy, politics and diplomacy is lucid...This book will be read Oby many people and will be in print for a long, long time.' New York Times; 'Reading Crucible of War is an enriching experience...Anderson meets the enormous challenge he has set for himself.' Wall Street Journal"

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Fred Anderson is Professor of History at the University of Colorado and the author of Crucible of War, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize in 2001. Andrew Cayton is Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the author/editor of eight books, including Frontier Indiana and Ohio: The History of a People.

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