International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

An Analysis of the Unique Characteristics of the American Empire through the Lens of the Anglo-Saxon Imperial Continuity Myth
Christopher Hulshof

Since the so-called passing of the imperial baton across the Atlantic during World War II, many historians have propagated a myth of Anglo-Saxon imperial continuity which claims that the American empire is merely a reiteration or mirror of the British empire which came before it. While the similarities between the Anglo-Saxon empires are manifold, and often glaringly obvious, this myth fails to account for the unique attributes of the American empire which set it apart from its imperial predecessors; massive and continuous international distribution of economic aid, a central focus on prodigious clandestine capabilities in the application of hegemony, and an American exceptionalist ideology of imperial deniability.

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