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The united states now looms larger - politically, culturally and economically - in india than ever in the past americana looks at both the evolution of its domestic political system - and the nature of the two parties that divide its spoils - and at the imperial system that the us has constructed since the second world war, whose power continues to dominate the world since the birth of the nation, impulses of empire have been close to the heart of the united states self image but the relations between the two, and the nature of the respective interests at work in the unfolding of american foreign policy, as the us emerged as the worlds premier economic power, have remained subject to much debate in a fresh consideration of them, americana charts the entwined historical development of americas imperial reach and its role as the general guarantor of capital the tensions between these are traced from the closing stages of the second world war through the cold war to the war on terror despite the defeat and elimination of the ussr, the planetary structures for warfare and surveillance built by washington have not contracted but expanded americana ends with a survey of the repertoire of us grand strategy, as its leading thinkers grapple with the tasks and predicaments of the american imperium today about the author perry anderson teaches history at the university of california, los angeles
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