By William V. Spanos
A learn of imperialism that stretches from historic Rome to the post-Cold conflict international, this provocative paintings boldly revises our assumptions in regards to the family tree of the West. instead of finding its resource in classical Greece, William V. Spanos argues, we should always glance to old Rome, which first articulated the guidelines that will turn into primary to the West's imperial venture. those founding principles, he claims, have expert the yank nationwide id and its international coverage from its origins.
The Vietnam struggle is on the heart of this e-book. within the contradiction among the "free global" common sense hired to justify U.S. intervention in Vietnam and the genocidal practices used to achieve that good judgment, Spanos reveals the end result of an imperialistic discourse achieving again to the colonizing reason of the Roman Empire. Spanos identifies the language of enlargement within the "white" metaphors in Western philosophical discourse because the colonization of Greek idea by way of the Romans. He exhibits how those metaphors, and their position in metaphysical discourse, have lengthy been complicit within the violence of imperialism.