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Dilip Hiro. Nation Books, Perseus, New York, The second event, a decade later, was the attack on the World Trade Center and the subsequent series of attacks and manipulations around the world combined with the stealthy annexation of the powers of the constitution towards executive supremacy in the U.
It is, after all, a book about "after empire," and the only true empire at the moment is the U. In writing about it, Hiro covers a wide range of topics effectively. They range through warfare, economics, oil, democracy, capitalism, Islamism, soft power and hard power, media, investments, the business of war, liberty, decolonization, foreign aid, interventions clandestine or overt.
All major countries, as necessitated by their many global interactions, are essential parts of the story. An excellent summary and history of the modern Soviet Union collapse followed by the Russian revival provides a strong base for events that occur later. Other considerations are with the state of the European Union, economically powerful yet also fighting its own internal economic wars, while generally remaining within the U. Just as many historical events have dates and an action set to indicate the start of the overall course of the history, several items stand out for the U.
First in time, would be the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the financial opportunism that directed most of the United States' actions towards its realignment.
To those inside the United States, informed by the protective corporate media, the financial collapse of major companies and many large financial institutions combined with rising unemployment, the collapse of the housing bubble, and an enormous debt crunch could not be hidden. Hiro outlines succinctly and accurately the U.
The war in Iraq which was essentially about oil and Israel, the news of torture and human rights violations from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the denial of international law, all contributed to the quick erosion of any moral force that the United States carried. From that start, the work then travels through the travails of other countries.
The revival is credited to the hard lines of Vladimir Putin, operating under the constitution brought in by the U. Next up, Iran and Venezuela are well placed in context -- and that is what this book does best, especially compared to other works on the declining empire, is to place things in context. China, India, and the European Union follow, each with concise well constructed chapters clearly highlighting the major relationships internally and externally.
Democracy, soft power, the internet, al-Jazeera, and Bollywood are examined in relation to how things have and will change "after empire. Future flash points are discussed, not with projections and conjectures about what will happen -- the downfall of other works looking post empire who focus mainly on China-U.
S relations , resources oil and gas obviously the big ideas here , the political tension between China, Taiwan and the United States, and the obvious currency and commercial entanglements of the United States and China.
For a work that accounts for current events and modern history, this is an excellent resource. The ideas, arguments, and factual notes are well placed within context of a global empire undergoing its transition from supremacy to a multipolar world. More items by author. Tool Bar. View Comments. Created Friday, April 29 Last modified Wednesday, November 06 Coronavirus and the Cost co of Freedom Mickey Z.
Dilip Hiro is an Indian author, journalist, and commentator who specializes on the politics of South Asia and Middle East. Hiro settled in London in the mids, where he became a full-time writer, journalist, and commentator. Three of his earlier books were re-issued by the publisher in He is the editor of Babur Nama : Journal of Emperor Babur , a world classic that has been preserved since From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.
After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World
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