Origins of the warfare state : World War II and the transformation of American politics

Boggs, Carl, author

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  • Creator Carl Boggs
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York, NY : Routledge, 2017. ©2017
  • Physical Details
    • xv, 191 pages ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781138204355, 1138204358, 9781138204362, 1138204366, 9781315469539
  • OCLC ocn956947557


  • "The post-World War II emergence of a full-blown state of perpetual war is arguably the most important feature of contemporary American politics. This book examines the 'warfare state' in terms of a broad ensemble of structures, policies, and ideologies: permanent war economy, national security-state, global expansion of military bases, merger of state, corporate, and military power, an imperial presidency, the nuclear establishment, and superpower ambitions. Carl Boggs makes the argument that the 'Good War' led to an authoritarian system that has expanded throughout the post-war decades, undermining liberal-democratic institutions and values in the process. He goes on to suggest that current American electoral politics show no sign of rolling back the warfare state and, in fact, may push it to a new threshold bordering on American fascism"--Publisher description.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • From Pearl Harbor to the "Asian Pivot" -- Mobilizing for war -- U.S. global power and the "higher immorality" superpower unleashed -- The curse of bomb power -- The new imperial order -- The road to global disaster? -- Postscript: Good-war propaganda
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