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American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century$
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Martin Halliwell and Catherine Morley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748626014

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.001.0001

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The Us and Globalisation

The Us and Globalisation

(p.145) 9. The Us and Globalisation
American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century

Howard Brick

Edinburgh University Press

At the outset of this chapter, the author, Howard Brick, considers whether, from an American perspective, 9/11 and the ensuing wars represented a rupture in the rise of globalisation in the 1990s or whether it emphasized the extent of global reach. Brick traces global forces and relations back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, but he discerns much longer historical tensions between national insularity and international cosmopolitanism in American life, which came to the fore in the 1970s in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and a new economic crisis. Surveying the literature of globalization in the second half of the 1990s, the chapter concludes with a discussion of Thomas Friedman amongst other contemporary critics of globalism, arguing that it is unhelpful to see globalisation as a single, coherent and internally uniform process.

Keywords:   Globalisation, 9/11, Insularity, Cosmopolitanism, Vietnam War, Thomas Friedman

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