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Postmodern Imperialism By Eric Walberg

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Deals with such themes as: US imperial strategy as an outgrowth of British imperialism, and its transformation following the collapse of the Soviet Union; the significance of the creation of Israel with respect to the imperial project; and, the repositioning of Russia in world politics after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games by Eric Walberg

The game motif is useful as a metaphor for the broader rivalry between nations and economic systems with the rise of imperialism and the pursuit of world power. This game has gone through two major transformations since the days of Russian-British rivalry, with the rise first of Communism and then of Islam as world forces opposing imperialism. The main themes of "Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games" include: US imperial strategy as an outgrowth of British imperialism, and its transformation following the collapse of the Soviet Union; the significance of the creation of Israel with respect to the imperial project; the repositioning of Russia in world politics after the collapse of the Soviet Union; the emerging role of China and Iran in Eurasia; and, the emerging opposition to the US and NATO. As the critical literature on NATO, the new Russia, and the Middle East is fragmented, this work brings these elements together in historical perspective with an understanding from the Arab/ Muslim world's point of view, as it is the main focus of all the "Great Games". It strives to bridge the gap between Western, Russian and Middle Eastern readers with an analysis that is accessible and appeals to all critical thinkers, and at the same time provides the tools to analyse the current game as it evolves. The Great Games of yore - Britain vs. Russia and their empires in the 19th century, and the US vs. the Soviet Union in the 20th century - no longer translate merely as the US vs. Russia or Russia/China. A major new player is a collective one, NATO, which today is as vital as the emperor's clothes to justify the global reach of US imperialism. Today, the "playing field" - the geopolitical context - is broader than it was in either the 19th or 20th century games, though Eurasia continues to be "centre field", where most of the world's population and energy resources lie. The existence of Israel is an anomaly which seriously complicates the shaping of the geopolitical game. Its roles in the Great Games as both colony and an imperial power in its own right, is analysed in the context of the history of Judaism and its relations with both the western Christian and the Muslim worlds.

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"Imperialism is as alive today as in the days of the original Great Game. Central Asia and the Middle East are as strategically important today for the US and Great Britain as they were in earlier games, if for different reasons. Postmodern Imperialism is a continuation of Kwame Nkrumah's Neocolonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism (1965) and carries forward the struggle of the pen against the sword." (GAMAL NKRUMAH, international editor, Al-Ahram Weekly, Cairo)"

About Eric Walberg


Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West relations since the 1980s, He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish Weekly, and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio. His articles appear in Russian, German, Spanish and Arabic and are accessible at his website http://ericwalberg.com. Walberg was a moderator and speaker at the Leaders of Change Summit (http://www.istanbulwpf.org/) in Istanbul in 2011.

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Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games by Eric Walberg
Eric Walberg
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Clarity Press
2011-06-01
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9780983353935
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