Books & Chapters
1 December 2016
David Foster Wallace is invariably seen as an emphatically American figure. USSC tutor Lucas Thompson challenges this consensus, arguing that Wallace's investments in various international literary traditions are central to both his artistic practice and his critique of US culture. Thompson shows how, time and again, Wallace's fiction draws on a diverse range of global texts, appropriating various forms of world literature in the attempt to craft fiction that critiques US culture from oblique and unexpected vantage points. Visit publisher's website
20 June 2016
The United States Studies Centre's James Brown is the author of Quarterly Essay 62, looking to history, strategy and his own experience to explore these questions. He examines the legacy of the Iraq War and argues that it has prevented a clear view of Australia’s future conflicts. He looks at how we plug into US military strategy, now that American troops are based in Darwin. And he examines the extraordinary concentration of war powers in the hands of the Prime Minister – and how this might go wrong. Read essay
The 'Conspiracy' of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalization, 1846-1896
18 February 2016
Following the Second World War, the United States would become the leading 'neoliberal' proponent of international trade liberalisation. Yet for nearly a century before, American foreign trade policy was dominated by extreme economic nationalism. What brought about this pronounced ideological, political, and economic about face? How did it affect Anglo-American imperialism? What were the repercussions for the global capitalist order? In answering these questions, USSC research associate Dr Marc-William Palen offers the first detailed account of the controversial Anglo-American struggle over empire and economic globalisation in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Link to publisher website
4 January 2016
Religious freedom is a foundational value of the United States, but not all religious minorities have been shielded from religious persecution in America. This book by USSC academic Dr David Smith examines why the state has acted to protect some religious minorities while allowing others to be persecuted or actively persecuting them. Read more
30 November 2015
The Handbook of the Politics of China is a comprehensive resource on the latest research on Chinese politics. US Studies Centre visiting professor Dr Bates Gill contributed the chapter "Admiration, ambivalence, antipathy: the past and future for US–China relations" to this new publication edited by David S.G. Goodman. Visit publisher's website
American foreign policy ideology and the rule of international law: Contesting power through the International Criminal Court
9 September 2015
American engagement with international law (IL) is regularly criticised as fraught with contradiction and distorted by beliefs in “exceptionalism.” That raises a puzzling question: Why is American international legal policy framed by commitment to the “rule of IL” when this systematically provides a benchmark for challenging the legitimacy of American global power? This thesis by Malcolm Jorgensen argues that the very meaning of the rule of IL is contested according to competing foreign policy ideologies: between American policymakers and their global counterparts, and among American policymakers themselves. Read thesis
3 November 2014
A former senior mujahidin figure and an ex-counter-terrorism analyst cooperating to write a book on the history and legacy of Arab-Afghan fighters in Afghanistan is a remarkable and improbable undertaking. Yet this is what Mustafa Hamid, aka Abu Walid al-Masri, and Leah Farrall have achieved with the publication of their ground-breaking work. The result of thousands of hours of discussions over several years, The Arabs at War in Afghanistan offers significant new insights into the history of many of today’s militant Salafi groups and movements. By revealing the real origins of the Taliban and al-Qaeda and the jostling among the various jihadi groups, this account not only challenges conventional wisdom, but also raises uncomfortable questions as to how events from this important period have been so badly misconstrued. Link to publishers
Untapped Trilateralism: Common Economic and Security Interests of the European Union, the United States and China
13 August 2014
US Studies Centre CEO Dr Bates Gill has contributed the chapter "Untapped Trilateralism: Common Economic and Security Interests of the European Union, the United States and China" to a new book exploring the economic, political, investment, and trade relations between China and the EU. China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and Investors brings together the research of world-class commentators on China and is edited by Executive Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney Kerry Brown. Read more
26 June 2014
In this book US Studies Centre lecturer Thomas J. Adams and the University of New Orleans's Chair in Latin American Studies Steve Striffler look at the history and politics of labour in New Orleans. Read more
27 May 2014
Centre research associate Marc Palen explores the long controversy surrounding the contested presidential election of 1876 between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden. The subsequent compromise of 1877 held within it the fate of the Reconstruction South and the national political system; its reverberations were felt particularly strongly in 2000 amid the close presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The essay can be found in A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents 1865-1881, edited by Edward O. Frantz and published by Chichester: Wiley Blackwell in 2014.
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