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By K.R. Dark

This ebook re-examines the nature of america and re-evaluates its courting to the post-Cold battle foreign order. the united states has frequently been noticeable as a version of democratic liberty, a vehement opponent of colonialism and the 'lone superpower' of the post-Cold conflict international. This publication demanding situations these kinds of perspectives. in contrast to prior stories of the post-Cold warfare function of the us it connects US household affairs to systemic alterations usually characterised solely when it comes to the 'fall of Communism'.

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This is also more suitable when discussing the USA in the present and near future, because one is examining decline in relation to a predecided level or point. THE USA AS A DECLINING EMPIRE: A COMPARATIVE VIEW If the USA can be reclassified as an imperial state then the question of relative decline can be seen in a new context. First, it may be examined in terms which place far more importance on US domestic affairs than have all other analyses of this question (an approach which will form the basis of the next chapter) because the American empire exists within, not outside, the USA.

To others, US decline has been seen in strictly military terms, the loss of pre-eminence in terms of weapons, military training, tactical, or strategic, advantages. Another approach is to take US decline as demonstrated by America's position in international politics, in relation to its allies and opponents in terms of policy and leadership. ' One must also differentiate between decline, collapse, loss of presumed status and crisis. Most of these distinctions are absent from many discussions of the current and immediate future prospects of the USA.

So America is certainly not 'special' in this respect, in relation to at least one of the historical analogies which one might bring to bear in discussing the rise and fall of states and empires. Strange's second argument for specialness may have more to commend it: there has been a high expectation of the USA by other significant global actors since the start of the 1990s. But does international perception decree national 'specialness'? It is uncertain whether this is the case. Perceptions cannot fundamentally change the internal structure or culture of a state easily, and there are stronger indications that US perceptions and culture are still acting to transform the international The Fall of the American Empire?

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