Nation of Outposts: The Deep History of the American Military Base Empire

Americans have wrongly imagined their collective story as one of coming, not going, since at least 1741, when Plymouth townspeople hoisted 95-year-old Thomas Faunce into a chair and hauled him down to the beach to point out the exact rock where his father said the Mayflower passengers had come ashore.

Lecture Description

This lecture offers a wide-ranging history of Americans’ penchant for building fortified outposts in foreign territories from the colonial era to the present. Tracing the purposes and practices of forts, trading posts, “factories,” and military bases– and peering into the often raucous world of their inhabitants– it shows how how instrumental Americans abroad have been to the projection of American power as well as U.S. state and empire building.


Military Transnational and Comparative

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