America since 1945: The American Moment

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The period from 1945 to the present day may not constitute an American century, but it can be seen as the American Moment: the time when, for good or ill, the United States became the predominant political, military, economic and cultural power in the world. This revised and updated new edition introduces the historic and tumultuous developments in American politics, foreign policy, society and culture during this period. It includes coverage ...

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Overview

The period from 1945 to the present day may not constitute an American century, but it can be seen as the American Moment: the time when, for good or ill, the United States became the predominant political, military, economic and cultural power in the world. This revised and updated new edition introduces the historic and tumultuous developments in American politics, foreign policy, society and culture during this period. It includes coverage of key recent events, such as the:

- 2008 election of Barack Obama
- Global recession
- war in Iraq and Afghanistan
- rise of the internet
- transformation of American Society and Culture
- changing status of the US in the new millennium

Examining the American Moment in a global context, the authors emphasize the interaction between politics, society and culture. America Since 1945 encourages an awareness of how central currents in art, film, theatre, intellectual history and media have developed alongside an understanding of political, economic and social change.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the first edition:
 
"A very appealing and useful text for introductory courses in all the American fields: literature, history, art and social science. The co-ordination of chapters offers an effective way of introducing students to the benefits of viewing a historical era from the perspectives of several related disciplines." —Alan Trachtenberg, Yale University

"A most interesting, even extraordinary book. Juxtaposing historical and political chapters with chapters detailing cultural events it attempts nothing less than that old goal of American Studies: to see American culture whole. As a teaching aid the essays are a valuable tool." —Jules Chametzky, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"This is a wonderful, searching discussion of the post-WWII period in the United States. It provides a strong narrative without losing sight of the enormous complexity of the period, and the global perspective makes it stand out from many of the textbooks I've read." —Katherine Ellinghaus, University of Melbourbane, Australia

"A very good textbook that fulfills the requirement sine qua non for classroom adoption; that is, it is interesting, informative and innovative.' - Russell Duncan, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
'Students of any subject that contains a component of post-1945 US content will find this book useful in situating their own interests within the broader context of the 'American moment', and general readers curious about the world's last remaining superpower will find it a provocative and stimulating introduction." —Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230251441
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL LEVINE is Professor of American Literature at Copenhagen University, Denmark. He has published books and articles on American literature, film and contemporary culture.

HARRY PAPASOTIRIOU is Associate Professor of International Relations at Panteion University, Athens, Greece. His previous publications include books and articles on international relations and American studies.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Timelines
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: THE WORLD WAR AND AMERICAN POWER
American Politics from Roosevelt to Truman
1940s: The Cultural Legacy of World War Two
PART II: THE COLD WAR AND AMERICAN CULTURE
American Politics from Truman to Eisenhower
Alienation and Affluence in the 1950s
PART III: WAR IN VIETNAM AND REVOLUTION IN THE STREETS
Kennedy, Johnson and the Crisis of American Liberalism
The Imaginative Crisis of the 1960s
PART IV: THE AMBIGUOUS LEGACY OF THE SIXTIES
American Politics from Nixon to Carter
The Clash of Two Countercultures
PART V: FROM THE COLD WAR TO GLOBALIZATION
American Politics from Reagan to Clinton
From the Global Village to Bowling Alone
PART VI: AMERICA AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
George W. Bush and the Trials of the American Conservatism
Hard Facts and Millennial Fictions
Index

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