CANCELED - Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop - Book Talk - "How to Hide an Empire: Telling the Story of the Greater United States"

Colonial & Imperial Workshop
Event date: 
April 6, 2020 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Speaker(s): 
Daniel Immerwahr
Northwestern University
Seminar Series: 
Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop
Audience: 
Public

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

 

Book  Talk - How to Hide an Empire: Telling the Story of the Greater United States
Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University


For more information and to attend, email Niharika Yadav at niharika@princeton.edu.


About How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

We are familiar with maps that outline all 50 states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an "empire", exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories - the islands, atolls, and archipelagos - this country has governed and inhabited? In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. In crackling, fast-paced prose, he reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light. 

We travel to the Guano Islands, where prospectors collected one of the 19th century's most valuable commodities, and the Philippines, site of the most destructive event on US soil. In Puerto Rico, Immerwahr reveals how US doctors conducted grisly experiments they would never have conducted on the mainland and charts the emergence of independence fighters who would shoot up the US Congress. In the years after World War II, Immerwahr notes, the United States moved away from colonialism. Instead, it put innovations in electronics, transportation, and culture to use, devising a new sort of influence that did not require the control of colonies. Rich with absorbing vignettes, full of surprises, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today, How to Hide an Empire is a major and fully enjoyable work of history.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (February 19, 2019)

Contact: 
Niharika Yadav
Area of Interest: 
Colonialism & Post Colonialism
Imperial History
Region: 
North America