The Shock of America is based on the proposition that whenever Europeans of the last 100 years or more contemplated those margins of their experience where change occurred, there, sooner or later, they would find America. How Europeans have come to terms over the decades with this dynamic force in their midst, and what these terms were, is the story at the heart of this text. Masses of Europeans have been enthralled by the real or imaginary prospects coming out of the USA. Important minorities were at times deeply upset by them. Sometime the roles were reversed or shaken up. But nobody could be indifferent for long. Inspiration, provocation, myth, menace, model: all these categories and many more have been deployed to try to cope with the Americans. Attitudes and stereotypes have emerged, intellectual resources have been mobilised, positions and policies developed; all trying to explain and deal with the kind of radiant modernity America built over the course of the twentieth century. David Ellwood combines political, economic, and cultural themes, suggesting that American mass culture has provided the United States with a uniquely effective link between power and influence over time. The book is structured in three parts; a separation based on the proposition that America's influence as an unavoidable force for or against innovation was visible most conspicuously after Europe's three greatest military-political conflicts of the contemporary era: the Great War, World War II, and the Cold War. It concludes with the emotional upsurge in Europe which greeted the arrival of Obama on the world scene, suggesting that in spite of all the disappointments and frictions of the years, the US still retained its privileged place as a source of inspiration for the future across the Western world.
Europe and the Challenge of the Century
Author: David Ellwood
Publisher: OUP Oxford
can Judaism survive in freedom?
Author: Jacob Neusner
This volume presents an eminent historian's progress over thirty years in trying to understand the American Revolution. Here is the historian at his best—beginning with the assumption that things are not always as they appear to be, delighting in the discovery of the previously unknown, and offering new interpretations with style, wit, and the good sense to know that there are always more questions to be answered. The Revolution is fertile ground for the historian's craft, as these essays attest. Edmund S. Morgan discovers in American protests against British taxation an affirmation of rights that the colonists adhered to with surprising consistency, and that guided them ultimately to independence. Then, after a general reassessment of the importance of the Revolution, he moves to a study of it as an intellectual movement, which challenged the best minds of the period to transform their political world. Next, in studying the ethical basis of the Revolution, Morgan traces the shaping of national consciousness by puritanical attitudes toward work and leisure. This leads him to an exploration of the paradoxical relationship between slavery and freedom, and the role their relationship played in the Revolution. Finally, thinking about the Revolution on its anniversary, Morgan looks once again at the Founding Fathers and the innovative daring, admiring most their ability to reject what had hitherto been taken for granted.
Author: Edmund S. Morgan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
A Concise History of Social Thought and Political Action
Author: Arthur Alphonse Ekirch
Category: United States
Nearly seven million Muslims live in the United States today, and their relations with non-Muslims are strained. Many Americans associate Islam with figures such as Osama bin Laden, and they worry about “homegrown terrorists.” To shed light on this increasingly important religious group and counter mutual distrust, renowned scholar Akbar Ahmed conducted the most comprehensive study to date of the American Muslim community. Journey into America explores and documents how Muslims are fitting into U.S. society, placing their experience within the larger context of American identity. This eye-opening book also offers a fresh and insightful perspective on American history and society. Following up on his critically acclaimed Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (Brookings, 2007), Ahmed and his team of young researchers traveled for a year through more than seventyfive cities across the United States—from New York City to Salt Lake City; from Las Vegas to Miami; from the large Muslim enclave in Dearborn, Michigan, to small, predominantly white towns like Arab, Alabama. They visited homes, schools, and over one hundred mosques to discover what Muslims are thinking and how they are living every day in America. In this unprecedented exploration of American Muslim communities, Ahmed asked challenging questions: Can we expect an increase in homegrown terrorism? How do American Muslims ofArab descent differ from those of other origins (for example, Somalia or South Asia)? Why are so many white women converting to Islam? How can a Muslim become accepted fully as an “American,” and what does that mean? He also delves into the potentially sticky area of relations with other religions. For example, is there truly a deep divide between Muslims and Jews in America? And how well do Muslims get along with other religious groups, such as Mormons in Utah? Journey into America is equal parts anthropological research, listening tour, and travelogue. Whereas Ahmed’s previous book took the reader into homes, schools, and mosques in the Muslim world, his new quest takes us into the heart of America and its Muslim communities. It is absolutely essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of America today.
The Challenge of Islam
Author: Akbar Ahmed
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Category: Social Science
Can we view our history - an by implications ourselves - through the movies? Is there a relationship between good history and good film-making? How does Hollywood view America's past? The challenge of making the great American historical film has attracted some of the finest talents: D.W. Griffith, John Ford, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. From the earliest flickering images of The Spirit of '76 (1905) through to Nixon, this book examines Hollywood's filming of American history, including biographies.
Hollywood and American History
Author: Kenneth M. Cameron
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
Category: Performing Arts
Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Croly, Randolph Bourne and the Making of Modern America
Author: Iris Dorreboom
The 2008 Update Edition of The Challenge of Democracy brings students the very latest in research and events central to the field of American Government. A sixteen-page pictorial insert, featuring arresting images and articles from The Associated Press, brings these current events to life. Updated examples, visuals, and references throughout the book provide the most recent scholarship and include the Scooter Libby sentence, the Alberto Gonzales controversy, and the 2008 presidential race. This edition of the bestselling textbook continues the highly acclaimed, non-ideological framework that explores three themes: freedom, order, and equality; majoritarianism vs. pluralism; and globalization. This edition continues to provide its readers with leading-edge learning and teaching technology. Offerings include downloadable chapter overviews narrated by the authors and course management with an interactive e-book available in Eduspace as well as Blackboard/WebCT. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Author: Kenneth Janda,Jeffrey Berry,Jerry Goldman
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Category: Political Science
Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism is a study of American politics, culture, and foreign relations in the mid-nineteenth century, illuminated through the reactions of Americans to the European revolutions of 1848. Flush from the recent American military victory over Mexico, many Americans celebrated news of democratic revolutions breaking out across Europe as a further sign of divine providence. Others thought that the 1848 revolutions served only to highlight how America’s own revolution had not done enough in the way of reform. Still other Americans renounced the 1848 revolutions and the thought of trans-atlantic unity because they interpreted European revolutionary radicalism and its portents of violence, socialism, and atheism as dangerous to the unique virtues of the United States. When the 1848 revolutions failed to create stable democratic governments in Europe, many Americans declared that their own revolutionary tradition was superior; American reform would be gradual and peaceful. Thus, when violence erupted over the question of territorial slavery in the 1850s, the effect was magnified among antislavery Americans, who reinterpreted the menace of slavery in light of the revolutions and counter-revolutions of Europe. For them a new revolution in America could indeed be necessary, to stop the onset of authoritarian conditions and to cure American exemplarism. The Civil War, then, when it came, was America’s answer to the 1848 revolutions, a testimony to America’s democratic shortcomings, and an American version of a violent, nation-building revolution.
1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism
Author: Timothy Mason Roberts
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY, TEXAS EDITION, is highly acclaimed for the non-ideological framework it uses to explore the three themes of freedom, order, and equality as political values; the majoritarianism vs. pluralism debate; and globalization's effect on American politics. Bringing students the very latest research and events central to the field of American Government and Texas Politics, the Tenth Edition has been extensively updated and includes new examples, figures, data, and current discussions. The authors also include a balanced retrospective of the Bush presidency as well as new comparative features that place the United States in a global context. Throughout, the text challenges students to sharpen their critical thinking skills, compare and contrast U.S. policy with other countries, contemplate future trends, and put their new knowledge into political action. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Author: Kenneth Janda,Jeffrey Berry,Jerry Goldman
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Category: Political Science
First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Old Paradigms and New Perspectives
Author: Lawrence Besserman
Category: Literary Criticism
The essays in this book, like all other texts, have been written in a historical context that shapes both the themes and the prose styles of the authors. A close reading of these texts would in fact lead to many overlapping contexts of politics, social hierarchies, modern communications, and international relations, but we want to focus briefly on two contextual influences that carry the most obvious connections to this book: the wide-ranging public debate about the proper curriculum for American schools and universities, and the more specific debate among historians about new trends in historical scholarship.
Schools, Cultures, and Politics
Author: Lloyd S. Kramer,Donald Reid,William L. Barney
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Explains political and economic changes that occurred as a result of such events as the American, French, and Industrial Revolutions.
Author: Educational Research Council of America. Social Science Staff
Category: History, Modern
Every few years in the United States, history teachers go through what some believe is an embarrassing national ritual. A representative group of students sit down to take a standardized U.S. history test, and the results show varied success. Sizable percentages of students score at or below a "basic" understanding of the country’s history. Pundits seize on these results to argue that not only are students woefully ignorant about history, but history teachers are simply not doing an adequate job teaching historical facts. The overly common practice of teaching history as a series of dates, memorizing the textbook, and taking notes on teachers’ lectures ensues. In stark contrast, social studies educators like Bruce A. VanSledright argue instead for a more inquiry-oriented approach to history teaching and learning that fosters a sense of citizenship through the critical skills of historical investigation. Detailed case studies of exemplar teachers are included in this timely book to make visible, in an easily comprehensible way, the thought processes of skilled teachers. Each case is then unpacked further to clearly address the question of what history teachers need to know to teach in an investigative way. The Challenge of Rethinking History Education is a must read for anyone looking for a guide to both the theory and practice of what it means to teach historical thinking, to engage in investigative practice with students, and to increase students’ capacity to critically read and assess the nature of the complex culture in which they live.
On Practices, Theories, and Policy
Author: Bruce A. VanSledright
Prominent historian Justus Doenecke analyzes the personalities, leading action groups, and major congressional debates surrounding the U.S. decision to participate in World War II.
The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941
Author: Justus D. Doenecke
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Muslim women living in America continue to be marginalized and misunderstood since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, yet their contributions are changing the face of Islam as it is seen both within Muslim communities in the West and by non-Muslims.
The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today
Author: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad,Jane I. Smith,Kathleen M. Moore
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Analyzes the gradual erosion of American identity over the recent decades because of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and other factors and explores signs of a revival of American identity in the wake of September 11th.
The Challenges to America's National Identity
Author: Samuel P. Huntington
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Political Science