Global Rules: America, Britain And A Disordered World

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

byJames E. Cronin

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The Second World War created and the Cold War sustained a “special relationship” between America and Britain, and the terms on which that decades-long conflict ended would become the foundation of a new world order. In this penetrating analysis, a new history of recent global politics, author James Cronin explores the dramatic reconfiguring of western foreign policy that was necessitated by the interlinked crises of the 1970s and the resulting global shift toward open markets, a movement that was eagerly embraced and encouraged by the U.S./U.K. partnership.
 
Cronin’s bold revisionist argument questions long-perceived views of post–World War II America and its position in the world, especially after Vietnam. The author details the challenges the economic transition of the 1970s and 1980s engendered as the United States and Great Britain together actively pursued their shared ideal of an international assemblage of market-based democratic states. Cronin also addresses the crises that would sorely test the system in subsequent decades, from human rights violations and genocide in the Balkans and Africa to 9/11 and militant Islamism in the Middle East to the “Great Recession” of 2008.

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The Second World War created and the Cold War sustained a “special relationship” between America and Britain, and the terms on which that decades-long conflict ended would become the foundation of a new world order. In this penetrating analysis, a new history of recent global politics, author James Cronin explores the dramatic reconfig...

James Cronin is professor of history at Boston College and an affiliate of the Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. He lives in Watertown and Wellfleet, MA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300151489

ISBN - 13:9780300151480

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“The thesis is solid, refreshing and holds water. It is an extremely competent work… While much of the material presented here is not new to specialists, it is, as far as I am aware, the first time it has been presented in as lucid and cogent manner as this.”—Tore T. Petersen, American Historical Review