The lures of empire: Present past and future

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The word "empire," political scientist Joseph Nye remarked recently, "has come out of the closet." The United States' deployment of its unparalleled military power to enforce regime change in Afghanistan and Iraq, its current occupation of the latter country, and shifts in political language and style in Washington have all brought into wider consciousness arguments and anxieties that have been building up for some time. Yet for all this highly charged controversy - and not simply because of it - public discourse about empire in general, and American versions of it in particular, is often historically shallow and insufficiently comprehensive. This is sometimes the case even in academe, where in recent decades empire has been the object of intense and impassioned scrutiny.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-414
Number of pages20
JournalQueens Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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