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America As Empire by James Garrison

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4The Roots of American Preeminence

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT AMERICA’S COMMITMENT to light and ascent to power, the question must be asked: Why did the United States rise to empire and to world supremacy? Why did the United States, rather than Brazil or China or Russia, achieve this preeminence? What strands of the American past, when taken together, explain its extraordinary success as a nation and as an empire?

This is virtually an impossible question to answer in the present. Historians in the future will have to look back on the American empire as we do upon Britain, Athens, or Rome before any clarity will emerge. Even then, they will argue about America as they still do about the whys and wherefores of the rise and fall of other empires. ...

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