Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power

Inderjeet Parmar


Inderjeet Parmar unearths the advanced interrelations, shared mindsets, and collaborative efforts of influential private and non-private corporations within the construction of yank hegemony. concentrating on the involvement of the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations in U.S. overseas affairs, Parmar lines the transformation of the US from an "isolationist" country into the world's simply superpower, all within the identify of benevolent stewardship.

Parmar starts off within the Nineteen Twenties with the institution of those foundations and their procedure of top-down, elitist, medical giving, which concentrated extra on handling social, political, and fiscal swap than on fixing glossy society's structural difficulties. Consulting infrequent records and different archival fabrics, he recounts how the yank intellectuals, lecturers, and coverage makers affiliated with those companies institutionalized such elitism, which then bled into the equipment of U.S. overseas coverage and have become considered as the essence of modernity.

America was hoping to interchange Britain within the function of world hegemon and created the mandatory political, ideological, army, and institutional potential to take action, but faraway from being goal, the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations frequently complex U.S. pursuits on the fee of different international locations. Incorporating case experiences of yank philanthropy in Nigeria, Chile, and Indonesia, Parmar boldly exposes the data networks underwriting American dominance within the 20th century.

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