Geographical Solicitude, Vital Anomaly

Neil Smith

in American Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230279
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931527 | DOI:
Geographical Solicitude, Vital Anomaly

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This chapter discusses the American Century, while focusing on geography and globalism. It stresses that the American Century is synonymous with globalization, and that the increasing geographical scale of economic circulation and production encouraged twentieth-century globalism. The discussion then shifts to Edward Luttwak, whose argument can be considered as a logical expression of the “lost geography” of the American Century. It looks at the mission of foreign policy liberalism, and then describes Isaiah Bowman as a vital anomaly. It is also observed that during each of its decisive moments, the American Empire was marked with an intensely geographical solicitude. The chapter concludes that the lost geography of the American Century looks like history, and that it represented a brief pause rather than an ending.

Keywords: American Century; lost geography; globalism; globalization; Edward Luttwak; foreign policy liberalism; Isaiah Bowman; geographical solicitude

Chapter.  3849 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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