By Alfred W. McCoy, Francisco A. Scarano
On the finish of the 19th century the USA rapidly occupied a string of small islands dotting the Caribbean and Western Pacific, from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Hawaii and the Philippines. Colonial Crucible: Empire within the Making of the fashionable American State finds how this scan in direct territorial rule subtly yet profoundly formed U.S. coverage and practice—both in a foreign country and, crucially, at domestic. Edited by way of Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco A. Scarano, the essays during this quantity exhibit how the problem of ruling such far-flung territories strained the U.S. nation to its limits, growing either the necessity and the chance for daring social experiments now not but attainable in the usa itself. Plunging Washington’s rudimentary forms into the white warmth of nationalist revolution and imperial contention, colonialism used to be a crucible of switch in American statecraft. From a diffusion of the government to the production of agile public-private networks for more beneficial international governance, U.S. empire produced far-reaching innovations.
relocating well past concept, this quantity takes the next move, including a fine-grained, empirical texture to the learn of U.S. imperialism through examining its particular effects. throughout a vast variety of institutions—policing and prisons, schooling, race relatives, public wellbeing and fitness, legislations, the army, and environmental management—this formative adventure left a long-lasting institutional imprint. With each one essay distilling years, occasionally a long time, of scholarship right into a concise argument, Colonial Crucible unearths the roots of a legacy obvious, such a lot lately, in Washington’s misadventures within the heart East.
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S. international historian Ian Tyrrell oﬀers a nuanced, carefully considered “yes”—a McCoy, Scarano & Johnson / On the Tropic of Cancer 29 position endorsed by cultural historian Nancy Tomes. Their diﬀerences, as we will see, lie at the intersection of scholarly perspective and cultural politics. S. power at the dawn and close of the twentieth century, Suri reaches generally negative conclusions about the applicability of the term empire to America. ” Even at the high tide of empire after 1898, Americans were what Suri calls “revolutionary imperialists” who spread subversive ideals of freedom from China to Latin America.
In response, Secretary of War Elihu Root reformed the army’s antiquated structure between 1901 and 1903, creating a centralized general staﬀ, a modern war college, and expanded professional training for oﬃcers at every echelon. Consequently, a modern imperial army, shorn of its traditional mission of domestic defense, took form during the Spanish-American War and its bloody sequel in the Philippines. The impact of this colonial experience on conventional combat operations seems more ambiguous. S.
S. colonial regime fused the centralized Spanish imperial police with America’s advanced information systems to create an Argus-eyed colonial force, the Philippines Constabulary. Its unprecedented capacity for mass surveillance proved a bellwether for parallel domestic developments. During World War I, these colonial innovations in coercion percolated homeward, providing both personnel and procedures for the creation of a national security apparatus. S. prohibition of drugs. S. drug prohibition and, signiﬁcantly, the ﬁrst federal law controlling individual rights over the human body.