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Frontiers for the American Century

Outer Space, Antarctica, and Cold War Nationalism

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. James Spiller
    Pages 21-64
  3. James Spiller
    Pages 65-112
  4. James Spiller
    Pages 113-156
  5. James Spiller
    Pages 157-202
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-269

About this book


This book compares the cultural politics of the U.S. space and Antarctic programs during the Cold War. It analyzes how culturally salient terms, especially the nationalist motif of the frontier, were used to garner public support for these strategic initiatives and, more generally, United States internationalism during this period.


America Cold War nationalism politics space stars USA

About the authors

James Spiller is Professor of History and Dean of the Graduate School at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Frontiers for the American Century is a sophisticated, nuanced, and welcome study of the cultural politics of the U.S. space and Antarctic programs. … the book is a fascinating study of the complex and changing motif of the American frontier in the context of outer space and Antarctic exploration. … Spiller thus gives welcome fine structure to one of the overarching frameworks of the Space Age … .” (Steven J. Dick, Isis, Vol. 108 (1), March, 2017)