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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (24 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231146299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231146296
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
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"Foundations of the American Century" is at the cutting edge of international and transnational history, and its greatest strength is, undoubtedly, the range and analysis of the archives Inderjeet Parmar consults and discusses throughout.--Craig N. Murphy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Wellesley College

This broad, inclusive book is written on a grand scale. The result is an indispensable text for students of large-scale philanthropy and for anyone wishing to learn about the substantial influence exerted by the Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford Foundations on the rise and consolidation of the United States as the dominant world economy in the twentieth century. Inderjeet Parmar traces the construction of elite networks spanning the boundaries separating philanthropy, the academy, and the state as the means for creating U.S. hegemony on the world stage.--Donald Fisher, University of British Columbia

With "Foundations of the American Century", Inderjeet Parmar has produced the most wide-ranging and sophisticated historical account of the international role of American philanthropic foundations to date. Parmar reopens the debate about the cultural instruments of American foreign policy by emphasizing, beyond the success or failure of their programs and beyond their political oscillations, the importance of the international networks that foundations have established over the past century. Building on impressive amounts of archival material that spans an entire century of philanthropic activity on several continents, and tracing the aftereffects of this history in the post--Cold War era and the early twenty-first century, Parmar's book is bound to become a landmark in foundation literature. It will be of interest to cultural historians, international relations scholars, political scientists, and anyone interested in the nature of American power and liberal internationalism.--Nicolas Guilhot, author of "The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order"

...a valuable resource for historians of philanthropy and U.S. foreign policy...anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes operations of the Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller foundations from their inception to the present day will find the author's chronicling of events riveting.--Chuck Bartelt"Philanthropy News Digest" (01/01/0001)

an interesting and richly detailed story about how elite networks function in democratic societies such as America's, and how they can further particular agendas at home and abroad.--Nicolas Bouchet"International Affairs" (01/01/0001)

The most thorough account of the foreign policy impact of twentieth-century U.S. philanthropic foundations.--Nils Gilman"Journal of American History" (01/01/0001)

an important contribution to a thriving field.--Katharina Rietzler"Argentia" (01/01/0001)

this book is a great achievement, one that will probably outlast the American hegemony whose anatomy it so brilliantly reveals.--Bastiaan Van Apeldoorn"Political Studies Review" (01/01/0001)

With "Foundations of the American Century," Inderjeet Parmar has produced the most wide-ranging and sophisticated historical account of the international role of American philanthropic foundations to date. Parmar reopens the debate about the cultural instruments of American foreign policy by emphasizing, beyond the success or failure of their programs and beyond their political oscillations, the importance of the international networks that foundations have established over the past century. Building on impressive amounts of archival material that spans an entire century of philanthropic activity on several continents, and tracing the aftereffects of this history in the post-Cold War era and the early twenty-first century, Parmar's book is bound to become a landmark in foundation literature. It will be of interest to cultural historians, international relations scholars, political scientists, and anyone interested in the nature of American power and liberal internationalism.--Nicolas Guilhot, author of "The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order"

[An] important contribution to the history of philanthropy.--George Blaustein"American Quarterly" (01/01/0001)

"Foundations of the American Century" is at the cutting edge of international and transnational history, and its greatest strength is, undoubtedly, the range and analysis of the archives Inderjeet Parmar consults and discusses throughout.--Craig N. Murphy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Wellesley College

Foundations of the American Century is at the cutting edge of international and transnational history, and its greatest strength is, undoubtedly, the range and analysis of the archives Inderjeet Parmar consults and discusses throughout.

--Craig N. Murphy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Wellesley College

This broad, inclusive book is written on a grand scale. The result is an indispensable text for students of large-scale philanthropy and for anyone wishing to learn about the substantial influence exerted by the Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford Foundations on the rise and consolidation of the United States as the dominant world economy in the twentieth century. Inderjeet Parmar traces the construction of elite networks spanning the boundaries separating philanthropy, the academy, and the state as the means for creating U.S. hegemony on the world stage.

--Donald Fisher, University of British Columbia

With Foundations of the American Century, Inderjeet Parmar has produced the most wide-ranging and sophisticated historical account of the international role of American philanthropic foundations to date. Parmar reopens the debate about the cultural instruments of American foreign policy by emphasizing, beyond the success or failure of their programs and beyond their political oscillations, the importance of the international networks that foundations have established over the past century. Building on impressive amounts of archival material that spans an entire century of philanthropic activity on several continents, and tracing the aftereffects of this history in the post-Cold War era and the early twenty-first century, Parmar's book is bound to become a landmark in foundation literature. It will be of interest to cultural historians, international relations scholars, political scientists, and anyone interested in the nature of American power and liberal internationalism.

--Nicolas Guilhot, author of The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order

...a valuable resource for historians of philanthropy and U.S. foreign policy...anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes operations of the Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller foundations from their inception to the present day will find the author's chronicling of events riveting.

--Chuck Bartelt"Philanthropy News Digest" (01/01/0001)

an interesting and richly detailed story about how elite networks function in democratic societies such as America's, and how they can further particular agendas at home and abroad.

--Nicolas Bouchet"International Affairs" (01/01/0001)

The most thorough account of the foreign policy impact of twentieth-century U.S. philanthropic foundations.

--Nils Gilman"Journal of American History" (01/01/0001)

an important contribution to a thriving field.

--Katharina Rietzler"Argentia" (01/01/0001)

this book is a great achievement, one that will probably outlast the American hegemony whose anatomy it so brilliantly reveals.

--Bastiaan Van Apeldoorn"Political Studies Review" (01/01/0001)

[An] important contribution to the history of philanthropy.

--George Blaustein"American Quarterly" (01/01/0001)

Foundations of the American Century is at the cutting edge of international and transnational history, and its greatest strength is, undoubtedly, the range and analysis of the archives Inderjeet Parmar consults and discusses throughout.--Craig N. Murphy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Wellesley College

This broad, inclusive book is written on a grand scale. The result is an indispensable text for students of large-scale philanthropy and for anyone wishing to learn about the substantial influence exerted by the Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford Foundations on the rise and consolidation of the United States as the dominant world economy in the twentieth century. Inderjeet Parmar traces the construction of elite networks spanning the boundaries separating philanthropy, the academy, and the state as the means for creating U.S. hegemony on the world stage.--Donald Fisher, University of British Columbia

With Foundations of the American Century, Inderjeet Parmar has produced the most wide-ranging and sophisticated historical account of the international role of American philanthropic foundations to date. Parmar reopens the debate about the cultural instruments of American foreign policy by emphasizing, beyond the success or failure of their programs and beyond their political oscillations, the importance of the international networks that foundations have established over the past century. Building on impressive amounts of archival material that spans an entire century of philanthropic activity on several continents, and tracing the aftereffects of this history in the post-Cold War era and the early twenty-first century, Parmar's book is bound to become a landmark in foundation literature. It will be of interest to cultural historians, international relations scholars, political scientists, and anyone interested in the nature of American power and liberal internationalism.--Nicolas Guilhot, author of The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order

...a valuable resource for historians of philanthropy and U.S. foreign policy...anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes operations of the Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller foundations from their inception to the present day will find the author's chronicling of events riveting.--Chuck Bartelt "Philanthropy News Digest "

an interesting and richly detailed story about how elite networks function in democratic societies such as America's, and how they can further particular agendas at home and abroad.--Nicolas Bouchet "International Affairs "

The most thorough account of the foreign policy impact of twentieth-century U.S. philanthropic foundations.--Nils Gilman "Journal of American History "

an important contribution to a thriving field.--Katharina Rietzler "Argentia "

this book is a great achievement, one that will probably outlast the American hegemony whose anatomy it so brilliantly reveals.--Bastiaan Van Apeldoorn "Political Studies Review "

[An] important contribution to the history of philanthropy.--George Blaustein "American Quarterly "

About the Author

Inderjeet Parmar is professor of international politics and head of the Department of International Politics at City University London. He is the coeditor of Obama and the World: New Directions in U.S. Foreign Policy and Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America. His new book project is entitled Presidents and Premiers at War: Race, Elitism, and Empire in Anglo-American Wars from Korea to the War on Terror.


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