America in the Shadow of Empires

America in the Shadow of Empires

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America is in trouble at home and abroad. Difficulties abound: unemployment and poverty for many, financial pressure for most, opulence for just a privileged few. Yet America is also active abroad, in a role that is equally troubling and difficult. This book explores the relationship between problems at home and challenges abroad, to see if by reducing the latter we can improve the former. It does so by examining the fate of economies and societies that have also briefly enjoyed global dominance. By looking back at what went wrong for them, we might go forward avoiding similar mistakes. The empires that preceded us a€“ and left the greatest imprint upon us a€“ are the ones chosen for particular attention here: the empires of Rome, Spain, Britain and Russia (both Tsarist and Soviet). They ultimately fell. Must America follow suit, or can we learn from their mistakes how best to avoid our own?Those manufacturing jobs link out to a string of high-level service jobs such as a€œ product and process engineering, design, operations and maintenance, transportation, testing and lab work, as well as sector-specific payroll, accounting and legal work. ... The Walmart effect is that more and more Americans are pushed into low-paying service employment or out of the job market altogether, a€œ caught up in aanbsp;...

Title:America in the Shadow of Empires
Author: David Coates
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-12-10

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