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The Post-American Century

Carl Pedersen

in Obama's America

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638949
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638949.003.0006
The Post-American Century

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The history and future of American global power can be divided into two major phases with a brief interregnum: the American Century, the Next American Century, and the Post-American Century. One of the events that set the stage for the American Century was the World's Columbian Exposition, held less than 100 years before Barack Obama came to Chicago. Far from being the Next American Century, the twenty-first century will in all likelihood be Post-American. The American Century started in Cuba and in the Pacific, with the annexation of two island nations, Hawaii and the Philippines, and the Open Door policy towards China. The Post-American Century will be marked by a shift from West to East and the imminent rise of China as the next global superpower. Obama, with roots in the Pacific, will preside over a United States that is no longer the single dominant economic, military or cultural force in the world.

Keywords: Barack Obama; American Century; Next American Century; Post-American Century; World's Columbian Exposition; Pacific; Hawaii; Open Door policy; China; United States

Chapter.  7992 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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