"Frontiers for the American Century compares the cultural politics of the U.S. space and Antarctic programs during the Cold War. It analyzes how culturally salient terms, especially the nationalist motif of the frontier, were used to garner public support for these strategic initiatives and, more generally, United States internationalism during this period"-- Provided by publisher
"Space and Antarctic exploration were the most dramatic endeavors of the Cold War. Employing the latest science and technology to explore the remaining frontiers, these programs were designed to stimulate an American century of freedom and prosperity for humankind. However, these programs came to represent distinctive aspects of the ideal U.S. leadership of the 'Free World.' Frontiers for the American Century : Outer Space, Antarctica, and Cold War Nationalism by James Spiller explores the cultural politics, nationalism, and history that led these programs to different paths of celestial pioneering and environmental guardianship"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: Polar Stars and Stellar Stripes -- 1. Rising to the Sputnik Challenge -- 2. The Space and Antarctic Frontiers -- 3. Antarctica and the Greening of America -- 4. The Grip of the Space Frontier -- Conclusion: The End of American Frontier Nationality?