Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America's Civilizing Mission (Paperback)Michael Adas
Paperback Published: 03/04/2009
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Long before the United States became a major force in global affairs, Americans believed in their superiority over others due to their inventiveness, productivity, and economic and social well-being. U.S. expansionists assumed a mandate to 'civilize' non-Western peoples by demanding submission to American technological prowess and design. As an integral part of America's national identity and sense of itself in the world, this civilizing mission provided the rationale to displace the Indians from much of our continent, to build an island empire in the Pacific and Caribbean, and to promote unilateral - at times military - interventionism throughout Asia. In our age of 'smart bombs' and mobile warfare, technological aptitude remains preeminent in validating America's global mission.
Publisher: Harvard University Press