As Europe rebuilt after the devastation of the Second World War, the former colonies of the major imperial powers sought their independence at the same time that the United States extended its economic and political power globally. In Turbulent Empires Mike Mason analyzes the struggles for post-colonial sovereignty and eco- nomic domination and how these competing forces led to conflicts and shifting alliances around the postwar world. Turbulent Empires surveys the major polities and economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia, and the West and traces the trajectory of nationalist ruling classes bent on exercising sovereign control over economic resources. It em- phasizes the convulsions that brought about unan- ticipated realignments and shocking reversals, such as the rise and fall of regimes, continuous interven- tions in the Muslim world, the sudden collapse of the commodities supercycle, and the continuing challenge of inequality. By the second decade of the twenty-first century, the global economic crisis of 2008 raised the question of a new global order while the question of American decline, captured in the slogan “Make America Great Again,” be- came commonplace. Both erudite and accessibly written, Turbulent Empires provides an insightful and sweeping analysis of world political and economic history that is an ideal introduction to postwar political science, history, and development studies. Mike Mason has taught in high schools, colleges and universities in Canada, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom for over fifty years. He is the author of Global Shift: Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1945–2007. 7 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 H I S T O R Y • P O L I T I C A L E C O N O M Y Turbulent Empires A History of Global Capitalism since 1945 mike mason An examination of global politics, emphasizing American hegemony and the rise of Asian economies. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S May 2018 978-0-7735-5321-7 $39.95T CDN, $34.95T US, £28.99 cloth 6 x 9 368pp 5 tables eBook available