By Neil Smith
The tale unfolds via a decisive account of the profession of Isaiah Bowman (1878–1950), the main recognized American geographer of the 20 th century. for almost 4 many years Bowman operated round the vortex of country strength, operating to convey an American order to the worldwide panorama. An explorer at the recognized Machu Picchu excursion of 1911 who got here to be recognized first as "Woodrow Wilson’s geographer," and later as Frankin D. Roosevelt’s, Bowman was once current on the production of U.S. liberal international coverage.
A quarter-century later, Bowman used to be on the middle of Roosevelt’s kingdom division, eager about the disposition of Germany and heightened U.S. entry to eu colonies; he used to be defined through Dean Acheson as a key "architect of the United Nations." In that interval he used to be a pace-setter in American technology, served as president of Johns Hopkins college, and have become an early and vociferous chilly warrior. a classy, contradictory, and from time to time arguable determine who used to be greatly within the public eye, he seemed at the hide of Time journal.
Bowman’s profession as a geographer in an period while the price of geography used to be deeply wondered presents a distinct window into the contradictory makes use of of geographical wisdom within the building of the yank Empire. Smith’s old excavation unearths, in large strokes but with vigorous element, that modern-day American-inspired globalization springs now not from the Eighties yet from previous moments in 1919 and 1945, either one of which led to failure. by way of recharting the geography of this heritage, Smith brings the politics—and the limits—of modern globalization sharply into focus.
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American Empire: Roosevelt’s Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (California Studies in Critical Human Geography) by Neil Smith