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Imperialism and War

Imperialism and War: The History Americans Need to Own


With the country lamenting its ‘forever wars,’ it is salutary for all to be reminded that for the victims they’ve been ‘forever’ for half a millennium. Reminded, and deeply informed, as they will be from this expert and judicious study of imperial history.


Admirably concise, briskly written, pulling no punches: Imperialism and War lays bare the pernicious relationship between American Exceptionalism and the American penchant for empire. Walter Hixson has written a compelling and essential book.

-ANDREW BACEVICH, author of After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed

Based on a solid body of historical work, diplomatic historian Walter Hixson eloquently and persuasively argues that the US foreign policy of imperialism and war is making the future of humanity impossible. Forged in unending wars of continental conquest and overseas domination, the United States continues on the path of destruction and self-destruction. Hixson presents a vision of cooperative internationalism as the only alternative. This riveting book is a call to action.

ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ, author of Not “A Nation of Immigrants,” Settler-Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

Imperialism and War is a provocative but necessary overview of the violence at the heart of centuries of American empire-building. Written by one of our most distinguished historians, it is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand why the twenty-first-century United States is constantly at war.

-SCOTT LADERMAN, Professor of History University of Minnesota, Duluth