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The Era of American Dominance Is Over [electronic resource]: Debate

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The global financial crisis has called into question the viability of the American model of capitalism. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown the limits of American might. And the spending of the U.S. government has grown hazardously dependent on offshore investors. Is the era of American dominance over? That is the question in this Oxford Union-style debate as panelists make their case. Speakers for the motion cite changes brought on by the financial crisis, the end of post-World War II illusions, and the lessons of history, while those against point to American intellectual leadership, the ongoing economic influence of the U.S., and the lack of ideological challengers. Questions from the floor follow. The final vote? Overwhelmingly against. BBC Radio 4's Evan Davis presides.
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71 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 06, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
  • United States' Dominance (1:59)
  • Economic Case: The Financial Crisis (7:27)
  • Ongoing Economic Influence of the U.S (8:02)
  • The United States: A Paper Tiger? (6:57)
  • Is the United States "Top Dog"? (5:56)
  • Globalization or Americanization (8:12)
  • American Values: Its True Dominance (7:11)
  • The Debate: Preliminary Votes (3:58)
  • Provision of Public Goods (2:15)
  • American Leaders (2:19)
  • The Economy of Dominance (3:00)
  • Pop-Culture Influence (1:25)
  • Final Arguments (10:33)
  • Final Vote: America is Still Dominant (0:56)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2009.
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40527 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (71 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
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