Anglo-America and its Discontents: Civilizational Identities by Peter J. Katzenstein

By Peter J. Katzenstein

Anglo-America is a truly identifiable a part of what's regularly known as the West. The West exists, this publication argues, within the type of a number of traditions that experience foreign money in the USA, Europe, the Americas, and some outposts within the Southern hemisphere.

Led via the British Empire until eventually the start and by way of the us because the heart of the 20 th century, Anglo-America has been on the very centre of worldwide politics. Bridging the eu and the yank West, Anglo-America is exact, now not certain. those a number of Wests coexist with one another and with different civilizations, as elements of 1 worldwide civilization containing a number of modernities. and prefer all different civilizations, Anglo-America is marked by way of a number of traditions and inner pluralism. as soon as deeply held notions and practices of imperial rule and racial hierarchy now take the shape of hegemony or multilateralism and politically contested models of multiculturalism. At its center Anglo-America is fluid, no longer fastened. The analytical views of this e-book are specified by Katzenstein’s starting and concluding chapters. they're explored in seven notable case reports, written via widely recognized authors, which mix historic and modern views.

Featuring an excellent line-up and representing a variety of theoretical perspectives inside of one integrative point of view, this paintings could be of curiosity to all students and scholars of diplomacy, sociology and political technological know-how.

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In 1919, the British Empire and the United States defeated the Japanese bid to have a racial equality clause included in the Versailles treaty. After 1945, however, the tide turned decisively. 77 With a few exceptions, justifications for 18 Peter J. Katzenstein empire have played a much smaller role than advocacy of hegemony and multilateralism. 78 Anglo-American communities: complex sovereignties, shared diplomatic cultures, and special relations These historical developments have permitted Anglo-American relations to become the exemplar for conditions of complex interdependence and transnational relations, which arguably typify international relations in the age of globalization.

The debates over Greater Britain generated hundreds of proposals, differing in ambition, detail, and rationale. 16 A more constitutionally far-reaching model was “parliamentary federalism,” in which the colonies were to send elected representatives to sit in Westminster. This had been a common exhortation since the late eighteenth century, though it was much less popular in the closing decades of the Victorian age. Finally, “supra-parliamentary federalism” connoted the formation of a sovereign federal chamber supervening on the individual political assemblies of the empire.

The sense of a white settler society stuck at the edge of Asia had instilled a sense of insularity mitigated by traditional security alliances. Economic globalization and radical transformation of Australia’s national identity have led to a vigorous integration with Asia that has not been halted by domestic contestations over Australian identity. Internal transformation has been accompanied by liberal internationalism. A new openness marks both the domestic and the foreign policies of the new Australia.

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