Brian Landers Empires Apart

ISBN 13: 9780143068310

Empires Apart

 
9780143068310: Empires Apart

The American road to Baghdad started when the first English settlers landed in Virginia determined to impose their values on everyone they encountered. Simultaneously, the first Russians crossed the Urals and the two empires that would dominate the twentieth century were born. Empires Apart covers the history of the Americans and Russians from the Vikings to the present day. It shows the two empires developed in parallel as they expanded to the Pacific and launched wars against the nations around them. They both developed an imperial 'ideology' that was central to the way they perceived themselves. Then, in the period between the American Civil War and the Spanish American War, the American ideology changed and the lust for new territory to conquer largely disappeared. It is argued that what caused this change was the advent of Big Business which set out to conquer the world in a different way. Soon after, the ideology of the Russian Empire also changed with the advent of Communism. The key argument of this book is that these changes did not alter the core imperial values of either nation. Both nations have shown that they are still willing to use military force and clandestine intrigue to enforce imperial control. To support these arguments, it is necessary to strip away many preconceptions of popular history and this book uses numerous anecdotes to illustrate events as they really happened. The most pervasive preconception is that America has never been an 'imperial' power. By simultaneously recounting the histories of the two nations this preconception is decisively dissolved, demonstrating the true nature of America's global ambitions.

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Author, business executive and public servant Brian Landers has an MBA from London Business School. Having forsaken academia to become a political adviser in the City of London, he went on to a career in British, American and Swedish multinationals. In addition he spent three years as a senior British civil servant, worked on charity programmes in various parts of the world including India. He is currently the treasurer of the UK section of Amnesty International and a member of the board of the UK Audit Commission.

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Superficial similarities resound without resonating in this ambitious but muddled comparative history. Landers, retired finance director of Penguin Books in London, finds "parallels" between the American and Russian megastates: both spread over continents while slaughtering native peoples, built formal empires through war, and justified it all with ideology and hypocrisy. But he wrestles with contrasts that weaken the comparison: Russia was a czarist, then Communist autocracy bent on military security, while the United States is a raucous democracy motivated, he contends, by greed and religious fanaticism. Landers devotes most of his meandering, repetitious narrative to the United States, but his vague conception of "imperialism" forces him to retreat to an incoherent theory of American "corporate imperialism," whose catchall depredations range from invading Iraq to selling the world on Coca-Cola, and refusing to invite Noam Chomsky onto talk shows. His arguments proceed without scholarly rigor, by way of provocative interpretations ("in some ways, Jackson was the Lenin of America") that pass with little elaboration and no footnoting. Landers's goal is to condemn America's misdeeds (and tweak its self-regard) by association with Russian-style despotism, but the historical insights he gleans are meager and murky.
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Book Description Penguin Books India, 2011. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. The American road to Baghdad started when the first English settlers landed in Virginia determined to impose their values on everyone they encountered. Simultaneously, the first Russians crossed the Urals and the two empires that would dominate the twentieth century were born. Empires Apart covers the history of the Americans and Russians from the Vikings to the present day. It shows the two empires developed in parallel as they expanded to the Pacific and launched wars against the nations around them. They both developed an imperial `ideology` that was central to the way they perceived themselves. Then, in the period between the American Civil War and the Spanish?American War, the American ideology changed and the lust for new territory to conquer largely disappeared. It is argued that what caused this change was the advent of Big Business which set out to conquer the world in a different way. Soon after, the ideology of the Russian Empire also changed with the advent of Communism. The key argument of this book is that these changes did not alter the core imperial values of either nation. Both nations have shown that they are still willing to use military force and clandestine intrigue to enforce imperial control. To support these arguments, it is necessary to strip away many preconceptions of popular history and this book uses numerous anecdotes to illustrate events as they really happened. The most pervasive preconception is that America has never been an `imperial` power. By simultaneously recounting the histories of the two nations this preconception is decisively dissolved, demonstrating the true nature of America`s global ambitions. For those interested in revisiting orthodox history, Empires Apart is the definitive companion to geopolitics and post-cold war political strategies Printed Pages: 608. Bookseller Inventory # 20525

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Book Description Penguin Books India, 2011. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. The American road to Baghdad started when the first English settlers landed in Virginia determined to impose their values on everyone they encountered. Simultaneously, the first Russians crossed the Urals and the two empires that would dominate the twentieth century were born. Empires Apart covers the history of the Americans and Russians from the Vikings to the present day. It shows the two empires developed in parallel as they expanded to the Pacific and launched wars against the nations around them. They both developed an imperial `ideology` that was central to the way they perceived themselves. Then, in the period between the American Civil War and the Spanishâ"American War, the American ideology changed and the lust for new territory to conquer largely disappeared. It is argued that what caused this change was the advent of Big Business which set out to conquer the world in a different way. Soon after, the ideology of the Russian Empire also changed with the advent of Communism. The key argument of this book is that these changes did not alter the core imperial values of either nation. Both nations have shown that they are still willing to use military force and clandestine intrigue to enforce imperial control. To support these arguments, it is necessary to strip away many preconceptions of popular history and this book uses numerous anecdotes to illustrate events as they really happened. The most pervasive preconception is that America has never been an `imperial` power. By simultaneously recounting the histories of the two nations this preconception is decisively dissolved, demonstrating the true nature of America`s global ambitions. For those interested in revisiting orthodox history, Empires Apart is the definitive companion to geopolitics and post-cold war political strategies Printed Pages: 608. Bookseller Inventory # 20525

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