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Deadly Contradictions: The New American Empire and Global Warring

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Deadly Contradictions

The New American Empire and Global Warring

Stephen P. Reyna

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668 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-079-7 $179.00/£132.00 / Hb / Published (August 2016)

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“This is an amazing book, a page-turner, a true game-changer, one of those grand oeuvres that an academic discipline produces once a decade at best.” • Patrick Neveling, Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University

“This book is certainly a tour de force … it [offers] a fresh theoretical approach that is rigorously tested in terms of evidence and against alternative interpretations … a profoundly critical work.” • John Gledhill, Social Anthropology, University of Manchester


As US imperialism continues to dictate foreign policy, Deadly Contradictions is a compelling account of the American empire. Stephen P. Reyna argues that contemporary forms of violence exercised by American elites in the colonies, client state, and regions of interest have deferred imperial problems, but not without raising their own set of deadly contradictions. This book can be read many ways: as a polemic against geopolitics, as a classic social anthropological text, or as a seminal analysis of twenty-four US global wars during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.

Stephen P. Reyna is an associate of the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle/Salle and Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. He is the co-editor of the journal Anthropological Theory.

Subject: Peace and Conflict Studies Anthropology (General)

Deadly Contradictions by Stephen P. Reyna is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-78920-952-5


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