American Commodities in an Age of Empire
By (author) Mona Domosh
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American Commodities in an Age of Empire by Mona Domosh
Book DescriptionThis is a novel interpretation of the relationship between consumerism, commercialism, and imperialism during the first empire building era of America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Unlike other empires in history, which were typically built on military power, the first American empire was primarily a commercial one, dedicated to pushing products overseas and dominating foreign markets. While the American government was important, it was the great capitalist firms of America - Heinz, Singer, McCormick, Kodak, Standard Oil - that drove the imperial process, explicitly linking the purchase of consumer goods overseas with 'civilization'. Their persistent message to America's prospective customers was, 'buy American products and join the march of progress'. Domosh also explores how the images of peoples overseas conveyed through goods elevated America's sense of itself in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415945721
(216mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mona Domosh
Handbook of Cultural Geography, Hardback (November 2002)
Emphasizing the intellectual diversity of the discipline, the Handbook presents a comprehensive statement of the relationship between the cultural imagination and the geographical imagination while also looking at resonances between cultural geography and other disciplines.
Putting Women in Place, Paperback (July 2001)
This thought-provoking book uses the lens of gender to provide an illuminating new perspective on the geography of everyday life.
Invented Cities, Paperback (May 1998)» View all books by Mona Domosh
Investigating why cities look the way they do, this book compares the strikingly different landscapes of Boston and New York. It explores the physical differences between the two, comparing building patterns and architectural styles to show how a society's vision creates its own urban form.
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Author Biography - Mona Domosh
Mona Domosh is Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College. She is also co-editor of the journal Cultural Geographies
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