n Journal for Contemporary History - Uncle Sam : imperial bully or hegemon boss? A conceptual distinction between American empire and hegemony

Volume 30, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Over the last few years, and especially since the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 in the United States, an intense and controversial new debate is raging within the context of the globalised world. In the aftermath of these attacks, George W Bush launched a crusade against terrorism aptly christened the 'War on Terror'. American attacks on Afghanistan (with wide-ranging support from both the Western and non-Western world) and especially the war in Iraq (with far less support) have stimulated and given new urgency to the debate about 'American imperialism.'

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