By Paul Gilroy

ISBN-10: 0091679516

ISBN-13: 9780091679514

This vintage publication is a robust indictment of up to date attitudes to race. by means of accusing British intellectuals and politicians on either side of the political divide of refusing to take race heavily, Paul Gilroy prompted speedy uproar while this booklet used to be first released in 1987. a super and explosive exploration of racial discourses, There Ain’t No Black within the Union Jack supplied a robust new path for race family in Britain. nonetheless dynamite this present day and as suitable as ever, this Routledge Classics variation contains a new advent by means of the writer.

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It is more subtle and indirect. Whereas imperial London (and imperial Rome) directly ruled over the lives of millions of people around the globe, Washington does not (apart, that is, from its army of occupation in Iraq). Instead, it exercises its power on local governments through trade, aid and investment and through international institutions like the IMF and the World Bank and, increasingly, by the threat of direct military power. Modern Americans, brought up on anti-colonialist rhetoric, do not warm to the idea of empire.

To this end, he wanted a military that could intervene quickly and was more mobile, technologically advanced and smaller than that advocated by traditionalists in the Pentagon, who favoured ‘overwhelming force’. The public mood a�er 9/11 gave him the chance to put this vision into practice – first in the conflict in Afghanistan, later in the war in Iraq. He was also media savvy (if not media friendly) and was able, if not to secure the full backing of the US media, at least to ensure their neutrality.

These terror campaigns in Europe, together with the memories of total war, particularly the aerial bombardment during the Second World War, meant that many Europeans could not share with the Americans their sudden sense of vulnerability. Nor could they fully understand the radical American response to this ‘new world’ – the worldwide ‘War on Terror’. European leaders agreed with Washington that al-Qaeda and other groups posed a serious threat, and the EU nations gave total backing (including military support) to the US campaign in Afghanistan to topple the Taliban.

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