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America's Three Regimes: A New Political History
     

America's Three Regimes: A New Political History

by Morton Keller
 

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ISBN-10: 019537424X

ISBN-13: 9780195374247

Pub. Date: 03/11/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

When historians take the long view, they look at "ages" or "eras" (the Age of Jackson, the Progressive Era). But these time spans last no longer than a decade or so. In this groundbreaking new book, Morton Keller divides our nation's history into three regimes, each of which lasts many, many decades, allowing us to appreciate, as never before,

Overview

When historians take the long view, they look at "ages" or "eras" (the Age of Jackson, the Progressive Era). But these time spans last no longer than a decade or so. In this groundbreaking new book, Morton Keller divides our nation's history into three regimes, each of which lasts many, many decades, allowing us to appreciate, as never before, the slow steady evolution of American public life.
Americans like to think of our society as eternally young and effervescent. But the reality is very different. A proper history of America must be as much about continuity, persistence, and evolution as about transformation and revolution. To provide this proper history, Keller groups America's past into three long regimes—Deferential and Republican, from the colonial period to the 1820s; Party and Democratic, from the 1830s to the 1930s; and Populist and Bureaucratic, from the 1930s to the present.
This approach yields many new insights. We discover, for instance, that the history of colonial America, the Revolution, and the Early Republic is a more unified story than usually assumed. The Civil War, industrialization, and the Progressive era did relatively little to alter the character of the democratic-party regime that lasted from the 1830s to the 1930s. And the populist-bureaucratic regime in which we live today has seen changes in politics, government, and law as profound as those that occurred in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
As Keller underscores the sheer staying power of America's public institutions, he sheds light on current concerns as well: in particular, will the current political polarization continue or will more moderate forces prevail.
Here then is a major contribution to United States history—an entirely new way to look at our past, our present, and our future—packed with provocative and original observations about American public life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195374247
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/11/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
325,221
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: The American Polity and Its Regimes     1
The Deferential-Republican Regime     7
Old Ways and New     11
The Republican Revolution     23
From Factions to Parties     42
The Party-Democratic Regime: The Democratic Polity     67
The Culture of Democratic Party Politics     71
Governing a Democratic Polity     88
Crisis     105
The Party-Democratic Regime: The Industrial Polity     133
The Age of the Politicos     135
A State of Parties and Courts     151
The Progressive Interlude     174
The Populist-Bureaucratic Regime     201
The Rise of the Populist-Bureaucratic Regime     207
Bureaucracy and Democracy     231
Populism and Party     259
Epilogue: Today and Tomorrow     281
Notes     301
Index     321

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