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After America : narratives for the next global age /
Paul Starobin.
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New York : Viking, 2009.
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x, 358 p.
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067002094X, 9780670020942
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New York : Viking, 2009.
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067002094X
9780670020942
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Includes index.
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6835105
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-04-06:
Starobin, staff correspondent for the National Journal, delivers a meticulously researched and up-to-the-minute analysis of the United States' role in global politics, culture and society. Arguing that the U.S. has reached the end of its tenure as a unipolar superpower, Starobin analyzes the weaknesses in America's political and economic institutions that have led to a widening gap in prosperity (both within its own borders and vis-a-vis other developed nations) and hindered its ability to set the pace of progress. He demonstrates how theories of widespread chaos in a post-American era are constructed, using as an example the fall of Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf, America's key ally against the Taliban in Afghanistan-but he shies away from this model, suggesting how the new world order might be one in which power is assumed by another nation (possibly China) or shared among several (India, Brazil and the E.U.). He also questions the validity of classically defined nation-states in favor of the possibility that economic and social interactions between cross-national regions, powerful city-states or global movements might supersede the relevance of individual nations. The result is a narrative of extraordinary range and contemporary relevance. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"Starobin...delivers a meticulously researched and up-to-the-minute analysis of the United States' role in global politics, culture and society. Arguing that the U.S. has reached the end of its tenure as a unipolar superpower, Starobin analyzes the weaknesses in America's political and economic institutions that have led to a widening gap in prosperity (both within its own borders and vis- -vis other developed nations) and hindered its ability to set the pace of progress." - Publishers Weekly
"Starobin...delivers a meticulously researched and up-to-the-minute analysis of the United States' role in global politics, culture and society. Arguing that the U.S. has reached the end of its tenure as a unipolar superpower, Starobin analyzes the weaknesses in America's political and economic institutions that have led to a widening gap in prosperity (both within its own borders and vis-à-vis other developed nations) and hindered its ability to set the pace of progress." - Publishers Weekly
Starobin…delivers a meticulously researched and up-to-the-minute analysis of the United States’ role in global politics, culture and society. Arguing that the U.S. has reached the end of its tenure as a unipolar superpower, Starobin analyzes the weaknesses in America’s political and economic institutions that have led to a widening gap in prosperity (both within its own borders and vis-à-vis other developed nations) and hindered its ability to set the pace of progress.” – Publishers Weekly
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What if America were no longer the dominant superpower? Starobin has some scenarios: chaos, power sharing, China's ascendance, global city-states, and world government. With a four-city tour.
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Farsighted and fascinating predictions for a new world order in which America is no longer number one Moving beyond Fareed Zakaria’s bestselling The Post- American World, veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis to envision a world in which the United States is no longer the dominant superpower. The American Century has passed, argues Starobin, due in large part to America’s military overreach in the Middle East; resurgent nationalism and economic expansion in Russia, China, and India; the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism; and the growth of transnational cultural, political, and economic institutions. Following an insightful analysis of America’s global ascendancy, Starobin explores five possible scenarios for the future: an age of chaos like the one following the collapse of the Roman Empire; a multipolar order of nations in which America would be one great power among others; China becoming the dominant superpower; an age of global city-states; or a form of world government. A concluding section of the book explores how California—the eighth largest economy in the world and demographically and technologically among the most sophisticated spots on the planet—is already starting to move beyond the American Century. Thought provoking and well argued, After Americaserves as an urgent catalyst to discussing America’s evolving role in a dramatically changing world. Starobin’s tone is sober but in the end hopeful—the world after America need not be a disaster for America, and it might even be liberating.
Main Description
Farsighted and fascinating predictions for a new world order in which America is no longer number oneMoving beyond Fareed Zakaria's bestselling The Post- American World, veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis to envision a world in which the United States is no longer the dominant superpower. The American Century has passed, argues Starobin, due in large part to America's military overreach in the Middle East; resurgent nationalism and economic expansion in Russia, China, and India; the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism; and the growth of transnational cultural, political, and economic institutions.Following an insightful analysis of America's global ascendancy, Starobin explores five possible scenarios for the future: an age of chaos like the one following the collapse of the Roman Empire; a multipolar order of nations in which America would be one great power among others; China becoming the dominant superpower; an age of global city-states; or a form of world government. A concluding section of the book explores how California-the eighth largest economy in the world and demographically and technologically among the most sophisticated spots on the planet-is already starting to move beyond the American Century. Thought provoking and well argued, After America serves as an urgent catalyst to discussing America's evolving role in a dramatically changing world. Starobin's tone is sober but in the end hopeful-the world after America need not be a disaster for America, and it might even be liberating.'In dark economic times, countries fall back on themselves and think of little beyond tomorrow. Yet these are always the times when tectonic shifts take place in global relations. Afterwards, the world is never the same. Paul Starobin's After America is about afterwards, and it is eminently worth reading. It's about the new world stirring within the old, and how, among other things, post-imperial multicultural California could be the harbinger of a future America unmoored from its global ambitions. Starobin is not really a typical journalist. He is much more of a historian of the present who combines superior analytical abilities with conventional reporting. He is just the right person to do this book.'-John B. Judis, author of The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson'Declaring America in decline is easy, at least after George W. Bush. Harder-and far more interesting-is speculating about the world that will follow America's reign. That's what Paul Starobin has done: creatively, thoughtfully, and provocatively. A fascinating book.'-Peter Beinart, author of The Good Fight: Why Liberal-and Only Liberals-Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again'How will America fare after the crises? What are its core strengths and weaknesses? What will happen to its great cities and regions? Will New York and Silicon Valley continue to grow while the flyover states and cities struggle to survive? These are the core questions Paul Starobin asks in his masterful After America. This closely researched and closely reported work provides a set of guideposts for our rapidly changing and resetting times.'-Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, and Community'Paul Starobin has traveled widely and thought deeply about America's place in the world. His conclusions in After America-from the possibility of economic chaos to the reemergence of city-states-must be reckoned with as the nation meanders into a twenty-first century that may hold new promise but also poses frightening perils.'-Peter Gosselin, author of High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families
Main Description
Farsighted and fascinating predictions for a new world order in which America is no longer number one The world is now at a hinge moment in its history, according to veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin. A once-dominant America has reached the end of its global ascendancy, and the question of what will come next, and how quickly, is not completely clear. Already the global economic crisis, in exposing the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism, is hastening the transition to the next, After America , phase of global history. According to Starobin, the After America world is being driven less by virulent anti- Americanism than by America's middling status as a social, economic, and political innovator; by long-wave trends like resurgent nationalism in China, India, and Russia; and by the growth of transnational cultural, political, and economic institutions. While what is going to come next has not been resolved, we can discern certain narratives that are already advancing. In this sense, the After America age is already a work in progress-pregnant with multiple possibilities. In this book, which masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis, Starobin presents his farsighted and fascinating predictions for the After America world. These possibilities include a global chaos that could be dark or happy, a multipolar order of nationstates, a global Chinese imperium, or-even more radically-an age of global city-states or a universal civilization leading to world government. Starobin feels that the question of which narrative will triumph may be determined by the fundamental question of identity: how people determine their allegiances, whether to the tribe, nation-state, city-state, or global community. There will be surprises, Starobin thinks. In the After America world, both the nation-state and the traditional empire may lose ground to cosmopolitan forces like the city- state and the universal civilization. California-the eighth largest economy in the world and the most future- oriented place in America-is becoming an After America landscape, as illustrated by postnational, multicultural Hollywood. Prestigious educational institutions like Harvard are migrating from an American to a global identity and thus becoming part of an After America universal civilization. While these changes may feel unsettling, our best hope for adapting to an After America world is by becoming better borrowers of the best ideas and practices developed all around the planet. Thought provoking and well argued, After America offers a way to think about a dramatically changing world in which the United States is no longer number one. Starobin's tone is sober but in the end hopeful-the age After America need not be a disaster for America, and might even be liberating.
Main Description
Farsighted and fascinating predictions for a new world order in which America is no longer number one The world is now at a hinge moment in its history, according to veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin. A once-dominant America has reached the end of its global ascendancy, and the question of what will come next, and how quickly, is not completely clear. Already the global economic crisis, in exposing the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism, is hastening the transition to the next, After America, phase of global history. According to Starobin, the After Americaworld is being driven less by virulent anti- Americanism than by America’s middling status as a social, economic, and political innovator; by long-wave trends like resurgent nationalism in China, India, and Russia; and by the growth of transnational cultural, political, and economic institutions. While what is going to come next has not been resolved, we can discern certain narratives that are already advancing. In this sense, the After America age is already a work in progress—pregnant with multiple possibilities. In this book, which masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis, Starobin presents his farsighted and fascinating predictions for the After America world. These possibilities include a global chaos that could be dark or happy, a multipolar order of nationstates, a global Chinese imperium, or—even more radically—an age of global city-states or a universal civilization leading to world government. Starobin feels that the question of which narrative will triumph may be determined by the fundamental question of identity: how people determine their allegiances, whether to the tribe, nation-state, city-state, or global community. There will be surprises, Starobin thinks. In the After Americaworld, both the nation-state and the traditional empire may lose ground to cosmopolitan forces like the city- state and the universal civilization. California—the eighth largest economy in the world and the most future- oriented place in America—is becoming an After Americalandscape, as illustrated by postnational, multicultural Hollywood. Prestigious educational institutions like Harvard are migrating from an American to a global identity and thus becoming part of an After America universal civilization. While these changes may feel unsettling, our best hope for adapting to an After America world is by becoming better borrowers of the best ideas and practices developed all around the planet. Thought provoking and well argued, After Americaoffers a way to think about a dramatically changing world in which the United States is no longer number one. Starobin’s tone is sober but in the end hopeful—the age After America need not be a disaster for America, and might even be liberating.
Main Description
Moving beyond Fareed Zakaria's bestselling "The Post-American World," veteran international correspondent Starobin masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis to envision a world in which the U.S. is no longer the dominant superpower.
Main Description
The world is now at a hinge moment in its history, according to veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin. A once-dominant America has reached the end of its global ascendancy, and the question of what will come next, and how quickly, is not completely clear. Already the global economic crisis, in exposing the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism, is hastening the transition to the next, After America, phase of global history.According to Starobin, the After America world is being driven less by virulent anti-Americanism than by America's middling status as a social, economic, and political innovator; by long-wave trends like resurgent nationalism in China, India and Russia; and by the growth of translational cultural, political, and economic institutions. While what is going to come next has not been resolved, we can discern certain narratives that are already advancing. In this sense, the After America age is already a work in progress=pregnant with multiple possibilities.In this book, which masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis, Starobin presents his farsighted and fascinating predictions for the After America world. These possibilities include a global chaos that could be dark or happy, a multipolar order of nation-states, a global Chinese imperium, or-even more radically-an age of global city-states or a universal civilization leading to world government. Starobin feels that the question of which narrative will triumph may be determined by the fundamental question of identity: how people determine their allegiances, whether to the tribe, nation-state, city-state, or global community.There will be surprise, Starobin thinks. In the After America world, both the nation-state and the traditional empire may lose ground to cosmopolitan forces like the city-state and the universal civilization. California-the eight largest economy in the world and the most future-oriented place in America-is becoming an After America landscape, as illustrated by postnational, multicultural Hollywood. Prestigious educational institutions like Harvard are migrating from an American to a global identity and thus becoming part of an After America universal civilization. While these changes may feel unsettling, our best hope for adapting to an After America world is by becoming better borrowers of the best ideas and practices developed all around the planet.Thought provoking and well argued, After America offers a way to think about a dramatically changing world in which the United States is no longer number one. Starobin's tone is sober but in the end hopeful-the age After America need not be a disaster for America, and might even be liberating.
Main Description
The world is now at a hinge moment in its history, according to veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin.  A once-dominant America has reached the end of its global ascendancy, and the question of what will come next, and how quickly, is not completely clear.  Already the global economic crisis, in exposing the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism, is hastening the transition to the next, After America, phase of global history.According to Starobin, the After America world is being driven less by virulent anti-Americanism than by America's middling status as a social, economic, and political innovator; by long-wave trends like resurgent nationalism in China, India and Russia; and by the growth of translational cultural, political, and economic institutions.  While what is going to come next has not been resolved, we can discern certain narratives that are already advancing.  In this sense, the After America age is already a work in progress=pregnant with multiple possibilities.In this book, which masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis, Starobin presents his farsighted and fascinating predictions for the After America world.  These possibilities include a global chaos that could be dark or happy, a multipolar order of nation-states, a global Chinese imperium, or-even more radically-an age of global city-states or a universal civilization leading to world government.  Starobin feels that the question of which narrative will triumph may be determined by the fundamental question of identity: how people determine their allegiances, whether to the tribe, nation-state, city-state, or global community.There will be surprise, Starobin thinks.  In the After America world, both the nation-state and the traditional empire may lose ground to cosmopolitan forces like the city-state and the universal civilization.  California-the eight largest economy in the world and the most future-oriented place in America-is becoming an After America landscape, as illustrated by postnational, multicultural Hollywood.  Prestigious educational institutions like Harvard are migrating from an American to a global identity and thus becoming part of an After America universal civilization.  While these changes may feel unsettling, our best hope for adapting to an After America world is by becoming better borrowers of the best ideas and practices developed all around the planet.Thought provoking and well argued, After America offers a way to think about a dramatically changing world in which the United States is no longer number one.  Starobin's tone is sober but in the end hopeful-the age After America need not be a disaster for America, and might even be liberating.
Table of Contents
Prologue: High Tide: August 1991, Moscowp. 1
Introductionp. 5
The Ascendancyp. 17
"Never Imitate": A Civilization Is Born How America arrived at its reigning mythp. 21
America Preeminent How America became the global pacesetterp. 36
Accidental Empire How America ruled the worldp. 53
End of the Ascendancyp. 73
Middling America How America is no longer the benchmarkp. 77
Goliath Bound How the Accidental Empire is bogged downp. 96
The Return of Russia An example of how America lost its magnetismp. 111
After America Worldsp. 127
Chaos How an After America chaos could be dark and stormy-or happyp. 133
Multipolar World How rising powers like India could shape a new multipolar orderp. 158
Chinese Century How a Chinese Century could start in America's backyardp. 187
City-States How global city-states could define a new agep. 215
Universal Civilization How Dante's dream might be realizedp. 242
America, After Americap. 269
After America California How California is becoming an After America placep. 273
Conclusion: Life After the American Century How Americans can make their way in a new epochp. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 325
Notesp. 327
Indexp. 349
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