The American Century? In Retrospect and Prospect


Few would dispute that the United States had been the world's most influential nation since Henry Luce first popularized the notion of an "American Century" in 1941. The significance of the influence, however, remains a subject of hot debate. This collection brings together international scholars who offer differing views on American international dominance in the past century and the prospects for its continuation into this one. These range from positive assessments of the role of the United States in forging a global community and in operating as a relatively benign global hegemon to a scathing critique of Washington policymakers for failing to reverse the ethically corrosive impact of the Cold War on American diplomatic practice.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Roberto Rabel
  • Akira Iriye
  • Joan Hoff
  • John R. McNeill
  • Robert J. Lieber
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2002