The Imperial Mantle

The Imperial Mantle

The United States, Decolonization, and the Third World
David D. Newsom
Distribution: World
Publication date: 3/1/2001
ISBN: 978-0-253-10849-4
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The Imperial Mantle
The United States, Decolonization, and the Third World

David D. Newsom

A probing analysis of relations between the United States and the Third World in the post–World War II era.

“To understand why some people in the Third World like to throw rocks at us, read this book.” —Richard B. Parker

Many Americans are bewildered by the hostilities and even hatred toward the United States on the part of newly independent Third World nations. Experienced diplomat and scholar David D. Newsom seeks to understand these animosities in this thoughtful review of U.S. relations with the Third World since World War II. The Imperial Mantle traces the upheavals in the postwar era as the peoples of British, Dutch, Belgian, and Portuguese empires demanded and gained independence. As the most powerful leader of the free world, despite its anti-colonial heritage, the United States tended to inherit the imperial mantle in this period, becoming the focus of both expectations and demands from the new nations. How the United States lived up to these expectations, and how it responded to the challenge of leadership and the burdens of being the dominant world power are the central issues in this book. It is must reading for anyone who wants to understand the foreign policy challenges that America will face in the 21st century.

David D. Newsom, a former Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary of State, served as U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Indonesia, and the Philippines. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he became Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Professor and Dean at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Professor in the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he is a senior fellow at the Miller Center. He is author of The Soviet Brigade in Cuba, Diplomacy and the American Democracy and The Public Dimension of Foreign Policy.

March 2001
256 pages, 4 maps, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, bibl., index, append.
cloth 0-253-33844-4 $29.95 s / £22.95

Author Bio

David D. Newsom is a former Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary of State and served as U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Indonesia, and the Philippines. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he became Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and professor and dean at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and professor in the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He is currently a senior fellow at the University’s Miller Center. He is the author of The Soviet Brigade in Cuba, Diplomacy and the American Democracy, and The Public Dimension of Foreign Policy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part One: The Imperial Age
Chapter 1 - The March of empire
Chapter 2 - The Nature of Imperialism

Part Two: Independence
Chapter 3 - Independence
Chapter 4 - Freedom in Asia
Chapter 5 - Fictional Independence: Protectorates, Mandates, and Influence
Chapter 6 - The Gulf and the Peninsula
Chapter 7 - Africa I: Where Blacks Prevailed
Chapter 8 - Africa II: The Settler Countries

Part Three: The Third World and the United States
Chapter 9 - The Legacy of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 10 - Economics
Chapter 11 - The Cold War
Chapter 12 - Africa, Race, and Politics
Chapter 13 - The General Assembly
Chapter 14 -The Twenty-First Century Agenda

Appendix A - The Backgrounds of Liberation Leaders
Bibliography
Index