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Roots of the Pax Americana Decolonisation, Development, Democratisation and Trade by Eric Louw, P. Louw

Roots of the Pax Americana Decolonisation, Development, Democratisation and Trade



Roots of the Pax Americana Decolonisation, Development, Democratisation and Trade by Eric Louw, P. Louw

This book examines how and why Americans built an informal trading empire and why the British Empire needed to be removed before a Pax Americana could be built. The Pax Americana is a phenomenon of global significance, and this fascinating book, now available in paperback, offers a systematic explanation for the rise of this super empire and examines in detail how it is governed. A core feature of the book is a concern with America's vision of the world and how the USA has attempted (especially since 1945) to export this vision across the globe. The book identifies and examines the underlying discourses and belief systems that gave rise to a Pax Americana. An eclectic range of methodologies and theories are deployed to explain the phenomenon of this informal empire, ranging from materialist (political economy) explanations of 'US imperialism' through to those explanations grounded in the non-materialist realm of values, ideas and world views. The result is an exploration of the curious phenomenon of an 'anti-imperialist' empire with both 'economic' and 'moral' roots. -- .

About the Author

P. Eric Louw, University of Queensland, previously worked for a number of South African universities, and ran a Non-Government Organisation engaged in development work -- .

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Publication date

28th February 2015


Eric Louw, P. Louw

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Manchester University Press


256 pages


History of the Americas

Politics & government



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