How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States

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How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States

How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States

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If you do decide to read this book, and you should read it, you should also consider reading the Blow Back Series.

As a Canadian I am more aware of the overt imperialism of the British Empire, and the racism in past and present day Canada. I'm a professor at the University of California San Diego and I'm assigning this for a graduate class. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

Although a History professor, Immerwahr’s work is also a valuable read for Geography and Politics students as How to Hide an Empire is an exploration of global dominance, disruption and influence through historical events such as the development of the territories of Hawaii, the Philippines and the Marshall Islands. Because the US is so large, it also had ready-made access to many commodities – minerals, metals, and so on – that meant it was relatively independent for these from other nations. Several of these communities also have reservations that are self-governing and often exempt from state laws regarding taxes and/or gaming; one reservation (the Akwesasne in Northern New York) straddles the U. Expecting independence after the Spanish were vanquished, this archipelago of more than seven thousand islands instead endured an American takeover that led to fourteen years of warfare, with more deaths than the Civil War, including the worst massacre by Americans in recorded history (the Battle of Bud Dajo, in which nearly one thousand Filipino Muslims were slaughtered). That is why Lincoln, West Dakota, Deseret, Cimarron, and Montezuma—all of which sought admission to the union—did not become states.

It draws you in with smartly weaved, gripping stories and constructs an impressively expansive tale of America’s global conquests. The idea that US citizens didn’t believe they had an empire, well, and that they could quote ee cummings, both seemed rather remarkable at the time.

We know America has spread its money, language and culture across the world, but we still think of it as a contained territory, framed by Canada above, Mexico below, and oceans either side. As those who are familiar with work from authors like Tim Marshall will know, power and influence are inextricably linked with land holdings and Immerwahr’s analysis of these examples help to cement this knowledge. The people of Louisiana were as “incapable of self-government as children,” he judged, adding that the “principles of popular Government are utterly beyond their comprehension.

And each time they would say things like "those people aren't capable of self-governance" to justify it. At time witty, but more often quite strident this book offers a quick trip through the intricacies and ironies of America's policies toward the land and countries it has occupied over the centuries. When it came to the nationalists of the colonized world, there is no evidence that Wilson even read their many petitions.The British had set the ridge of the Appalachians as the boundary to white settlement, making Boone’s journey west a crime.

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