America Transformed: Sixty Years of Revolutionary Change, 1941-2001

America Transformed: Sixty Years of Revolutionary Change, 1941-2001

by Richard M. Abrams
     
 

ISBN-10: 052172211X

ISBN-13: 9780521722117

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

America has seen a multitude of transformations since its very founding. This book examines the period 1941-2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business system, racial relations, gender roles,

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America has seen a multitude of transformations since its very founding. This book examines the period 1941-2001 during which time the character of American life changed rapidly, culminating in the shattering of the liberal Democratic coalition. Revolutions in the areas of affluence, foreign policy, the military, business system, racial relations, gender roles, sexual behavior and attitudes, and disregard for privacy are discussed. Rather than cite historical facts as they occurred, America Transformed analyzes them and offers a fresh and often controversial perspective. Abrams’ draws on a wealth of published sources to highlight his original arguments on McCarthyism, the Cold War, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Johnson, to name a few topics. The synthesis of information and the depth of insight are simply unparalleled in any other book of American social history from 1941-2001.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521722117
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Sales rank:
1,277,795
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Retrospect: 1. 'The American Century'; 2. Before the revolutions; 3. The challenge of power; 4. The inflation of moral possibilities; 5. The generational chasm; Part II. Eight Revolutions: 6. Affluence; 7. From isolation to hegemonic power; 8. The rise of the military; 9. The reorganization of the business system; 10. The revolution in racial relations; 11. The revolution in gender roles; 12. Revolution in sexual behavior and attitudes; 13. The demise of privacy; Part III. Counterrevolution: 14. Collapse of the Liberal Democratic coalition; 15. Liberalism: ascension and declension; 16. The Liberal Democratic coalition; 17. The failure syndrome; 18. Rise of the New Left and birth of 'neoconservatism'; 19. Right-wing ascendancy; 20. The Reagan revolution; 21. Summary; Part IV. 'The New American Century'.

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