America's Overseas Garrisons: The Leasehold Empire (Hardback)
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America's Overseas Garrisons: The Leasehold Empire (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 09/03/2000
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America's overseas Garrisons analyses the political and social problems, which arise when American forces are stationed in other countries. The United States, although critical of the British Empire during the Second World War, found itself playing an imperial role in the post-war era in order to safeguard the security of the west. In building up a global security system, with American troops in Europe, the Far East, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean and the Pacific, the United States came to resemble the former colonial powers. But whereas the colonial empire had established garrisons on territory acquired by force, the United States was obliged to negotiate basing rights for their troops by negotiating with independent sovereign states. The result was a variety of arrangements with different host nations, in which the American position, and the use America could make of her troops overseas, was critically dependant of America's political and historical relationship with the country concerned. The United States has based more troops overseas than any of the colonial empires. However, the terms of the leasehold empire have imposed severe constraints on America's freedom of manoeuvre.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198296874
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 678 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
a clear, competent and readable survey of a remarkable topic ... this is a useful synthesis which graphically records the burgeoning of a force still far from spent. * History, vol. 86, no. 284 *
America's Overseas Garrisons deserves a wide readership. The book is clearly written and refreshingly jargon free and represents an important addition to the existing literature. * Simon Duke, RUSI Journal, April 2001 *
America's Overseas Garrisons also provides a much-needed update to the existing literature, which dates predominantly from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. * Simon Duke, RUSI Journal, April 2001 *
It should be noted that though other books that organise the examination of U.S. overseas military installations in a different manner, for example by service category, lack the depth and perspective of America's Overseas Garrisons. * Simon Duke, RUSI Journal, April 2001 *
a most readable account of the terms and conditions under which U.S. military forces have been deployed in a variety of host nations since 1945 * Simon Duke, RUSI Journal, April 2001 *
This solid study is useful to scholars and students interested in US foreign and military policy. * W.F.Bell, Choice, March 2001 *
America's Overseas Garrisons deserves a wide readership. The book is clearly written and refreshingly jargon free and represents an important addition to the existing literature. * Simon Duke, RUSI Journal *
a most readable account of the terms and conditions under which U.S. military forces have been deployed in a variety of host nations since 1945. * Simon Duke, RUSI Journal *

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