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The Rise and Decline of the American Century

William O. III Walker


This book discusses how U.S. officials, influenced by publisher Henry R. Luce in an essay in Life magazine in 1941, strove to create an American Century at the close of World War II, and beyond. The United States, Luce held, must seek comprehensive leadership, that is, global hegemony. The advent of the Cold War hastened that undertaking. Communist victory in China’s civil war in 1949 and the start of the Korean War in June 1950 made the Cold War international. U.S. officials implemented the dual strategy of global containment and multilateralism in trade and finance in order to counter Soviet ... More

Keywords: American Century, balance of payments, détente, global containment, hegemony, Henry R. Luce, multilateralism, nonaligned movement, Vietnam War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501726132
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501726132.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William O. III Walker, author
University of Toronto

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