Faculty Book: David Harvey
The New Imperialism
(Oxford University Press, 2003; 253 pp.)
David Harvey, a distinguished professor of anthropology, earth and environmental sciences, and history at The Graduate Center, and one of the most influential geographers of our time, recently published The New Imperialism—a bold, debate-shaping response to the current direction of U.S. foreign policy. (The book is a result of Harvey's Clarendon Lectures, delivered at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University in February, 2003, while war against Iraq was imminent.) In The New Imperialism, Harvey builds a conceptual framework to expose the underlying forces at work behind recent momentous shifts in policy and politics. Analyzing the thrust of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Harvey asks the big questions—What is really at stake in the war against Iraq? Is it really all about oil? And what is the relation between U.S. militarism abroad and domestic policies?—and provides answers in a complex yet clearly argued narrative.
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Submitted on: OCT 9, 2003