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Empire As A Way of Life

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“An unblinkered look at our imperial past . . . a perceptive work by one of our most perceptive historians.”—Studs Terkel

A work of remarkable prescience, Empire As A Way of Life is influential historian William Appleman Williams’s groundbreaking work highlighting imperialism—“empire as a way of life”—as the dominant theme in American history. Analyzing U.S. history from it
Paperback, 225 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Ig Publishing (first published September 4th 1980)
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Williams' final work predates and presages Zinn by several years. Like the latter's A People's History, he reduces American history to its rawest elements: imperialism and expansionism as drives for economic and social control over increasingly abstracted spheres (first, western land; later, international capitalist markets). As a scholarly work of history, this is not the Williams you want; his earlier work is for that (though, frankly, this is more readable). As a blazing political polemic, th ...more
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