By Bruce Cumings
America is the 1st global strength to inhabit an enormous land mass open at either ends to the world’s greatest oceansthe Atlantic and the Pacific. this offers the US a superb aggressive virtue usually missed through Atlanticists, whose concentration continues to be overwhelmingly mounted on America’s dating with Europe. Bruce Cumings demanding situations the Atlanticist standpoint during this leading edge new background, arguing that relatives with Asia motivated our background greatly.
Cumings chronicles how the circulate westward, from the center West to the Pacific, has formed America’s business, technological, army, and worldwide upward thrust to strength. He unites household and overseas background, diplomacy, and political economic system to illustrate how technological switch and sharp fiscal progress have created a very bicoastal nationwide economic climate that has led the realm for greater than a century. Cumings emphasizes the significance of yankee encounters with Mexico, the Philippines, and the countries of East Asia. the result's a perfectly integrative historical past that advances a powerful argument for a twin method of American heritage incorporating either Atlanticist and Pacificist perspectives.
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I learned much from two people who guided me around the Sasebo Fleet Activities Center, Philip D. Eakins and Aramaki Yoko; likewise Captain Michael Chase and Jon N. Nylander provided much useful information on the largest U. S. naval base in Japan at Yokosuka. Captain Dannie Chung and Sue E. Jevning were very helpful in facilitating my visits to several Marine bases on Okinawa. Colonel Adrienne K. Fraser Darling, the commander of Camps Foster and Lester, was very enlightening in the interview I had with her.
The unfolding western garden was the antithesis of the city, burgeoning industry, and the weight of history symbolized by all things European. The horizon was just across the Alleghenies in Jefferson's time, a moving, floating signifier that bathed every place from Ohio to Missouri in the lyrical rhetoric that we associate with California: the Reverend James Smith arrived in northeastern Ohio in 1797 and exclaimed, "What field of delights! What a garden of spices! 26 The good shepherd of antiquity found himself with an unheard of luxury in America: a virgin continent, an actually-existing Arcadia, a "paradise regained"-shouldn't Utopia be just around the corner?
Oliver Wendell Holmes, who coined the term "Boston Brahmin," helped found theAtlantic Monthly in 1857 to link America with European culture,4 and it is still an influential magazine; we don't have a remotely comparable Pacc Monthly. Americans and Europeans meet each other as equals, as part of the same cultural realm, however much Europeans may think a ration of error crossed the Atlantic. Americans met Pacific peoples very early, as they were discovering their own territory-Chinese in the gold rush, Japanese, Koreans, and Filipinos at the turn of the last centuryand they met them with sharp racial discrimination that did not begin to end until the civil rights movement of the 196os.