A New Republic

A New Republic

by John Lukacs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300104294

ISBN-13: 9780300104295

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

In A New Republic, one of America’s most respected historians offers a major statement on the nature of our political system and a critical look at the underpinnings of our society. American democracy, says John Lukacs, has been transformed from an exercise in individual freedom and opportunity to a bureaucratic system created by and for the dominance

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In A New Republic, one of America’s most respected historians offers a major statement on the nature of our political system and a critical look at the underpinnings of our society. American democracy, says John Lukacs, has been transformed from an exercise in individual freedom and opportunity to a bureaucratic system created by and for the dominance of special groups. His book, first published in 1984 as Outgrowing Democracy, is now reissued with a new introduction, in which Lukacs explains his methodology, and a new final chapter, which sums up Lukacs’s thoughts on American democracy today.

Reviews of the earlier edition

“A rich, subtle, and often ingenious argument . . . an eloquent, provocative, but disturbing book.”—Edwin M. Yoder, Jr., Washington Post Book World

“Mr. Lukacs is an original and subtle historian, and [this book] is an engaging intellectual surprise party. . . . I was continuously enchanted by the play of his ideas—by the sharpness of his distinctions and the acuteness of his descriptions.”—Naomi Bliven, New Yorker

“It has been a long time since Americans were offered such a provocative interpretation of their historical predicament. . . . We would be foolish not to examine it closely.”—Laurence Tool, Society

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300104295
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
470
Sales rank:
1,004,264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

1The second century3
2Tocqueville reversed59
3The automobile century : the material development of American life91
4The leap across the sea : the development of an American nation123
5The bourgeois interlude : the half-century when American civilization was urban and urbane159
6The two empires : the passing of the Anglo-American age in the history of the world201
7The elective monarchy : the degeneration of popular democracy to a publicity contest256
8Mutations of minds and morals : the transformations of American thinking289
9Inheritances and prospects : the passage from a democratic order to a bureaucratic state368
10The third century : dictatress of the world407

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