The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism

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Cold War Imperialism and Anti-imperialist Protests at the End of the Cold War

  • Francis ShorEmail author
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Although the emergence of the US as a global hegemon had roots in national and international conditions prior to the Second World War, that war provided it with the historical opportunity to expand its informal empire globally and establish a de facto global hegemony. Even before the end of the Second World War, the political elites of the US were envisioning and planning for a post-war global order that would conform to long-standing economic and political imperatives for freer trade and a political order of pro-Western governments and institutions in the developed and colonial world. US global hegemony in the post-war period was not only a consequence of economic, political, and military superiority, but also a reflection of the diffusion of cultural and ideological orientations that advanced US moral and intellectual leadership. On the other hand, competition to US pre-eminence in the post-war...

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  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA