Articles by

Christian G. Appy

Christian G. Appy is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is the author, most recently, of American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (Viking, 2015). He is currently working on a book about the impact of nuclear weapons on American culture, politics, and foreign policy since World War II.

Empire Lite

In his recent book, How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr defines empire as territorial annexation, arguing that the subject has been ignored. However, as this essay argues, his framing of the subject greatly restricts and sanitizes our understanding of US imperialism. Many of the most pernicious assertions of US overseas power are ignored, minimized, or even justified and celebrated as by-products of international trade and globalization.