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Domesticating Katrina: eliding the international coordinates of a ‘natural’ disaster

Hartnell, Anna (2011) Domesticating Katrina: eliding the international coordinates of a ‘natural’ disaster. In: Sewell, B. and Lucas, S. (eds.) Challenging US Foreign Policy: America and the World in the Long Twentieth Century. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 244-259. ISBN 9780230249899.

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Book synopsis: Looking further than other histories and interpretations of US foreign policy from 1890 to the present, this collection of critiques of US power does not assume that the world is always centred around Washington. Instead, the authors describe and evaluate an America that not only possesses great political, military, and economic power but faces growing challenges to that power, not through 'terrorism' or economic collapse, but through the evolving conceptions of others who do not necessarily see the world as one where Washington leads and others follow. The scholars in Challenging US Foreign Policy do not present their analyses as 'pro-American' or 'anti-American'. In their considerations - from the Philippines to the Middle East to Latin America, from the economy to warplanes to human rights - they do not see the world as ordered by an American exceptionalism. The picture they paint is one beyond George W. Bush's 2001 declaration of power, 'You are with us or you are with the terrorists.'

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
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