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The American Empire and the Fourth World: The Bowl With One Spoon, Part One [Paperback]

Anthony J. Hall

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July 26 2005 McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series (Book 35)
In The American Empire and the Fourth World Anthony Hall presents a sweeping analysis of encounters between indigenous people and the European empires, national governments, and global corporations on the moving frontiers of globalization since Columbus "discovered America." How should we respond to the emergence of the United States as the military, commercial, and cultural centre of a global empire? How can we elaborate a global rule of law based on equality and democracy when the world's most powerful polity acknowledges no higher authority in the international arena than its own domestic priorities? For Hall the answer lies in the concept of the Fourth World, an inclusive intellectual tent covering a wide range of movements whose leaders seek to implement alternative views of globalization. Larger than any earlier political movement, the Fourth World embraces basic principles that include the inherent rights of self-determination and a more just approach to the crafting and enforcement of international law.

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Carleton University Press (July 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773530061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773530065
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 5.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the first truly important Canadian book of the century." Alex Rettie, Alberta Views "I cannot overstate the importance of this book. In it, Anthony Hall has done something both simple and revolutionary to the globalization debate: he has backdated it to the year 1492. With dazzling command of historical detail and up-to-the minute analysis, Hall spins a gripping narrative seamlessly connecting Columbus' 'conquest' of the Americas to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. Most remarkably, readers are not left with a feeling of hopelessness in the face of this long history of plunder but are instead inspired to identify with valiant, centuries-old resistance movements. I see this book is as an overflowing tool box, filled with little known stories, legal arguments, and fresh ideas that, if used properly, could change the world." Naomi Klein, author No Logo "A very important book, full of challenging insights, fascinating information, and with a strong message." Boyce Richardson, author of People of Terra Nullius: Betrayal & Rebirth in Aboriginal Canada and Strangers Devour the Land. "Hall has a wide-ranging grasp of the literature dealing with the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of both European and Indian that led to the formation of the Canadian and American societies of today. This study is both thorough and carefully worked out. I know of no other works that have synthesized such a range of thought on the establishment of the British empire in the Americas, its interweaving with indigenous politics, and the consequent rise of the United States and Canada." Olive Dickason, author of Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times "Anthony Hall has just produced a book of the kind and quality that appears only once every twenty-five years, a book that repositions our ideas and makes us see ordinary reality afresh ... All those qualities inherent in the researcher, activist, philosopher, scholar, Anthony Hall, have come together to make this volume readable, stimulating, provocative, disturbing, epiphanic, deeply satisfying, and endlessly informative. Buy it. Read it (And then read it again.)" Robin Matthews, Vive le Canada, Our Country, Our Voice "Readers now have the engaged, passionate, critical history of the founding moments of Canada and the United States that our times call for." Canadian Dimension

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