Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age / Edition 1

Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age / Edition 1

by Daniel T. Rodgers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674002016

ISBN-13: 9780674002012

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Harvard

"The most belated of nations," Theodore Roosevelt called his country during the workmen's compensation fight in 1907. Earlier reformers, progressives of his day, and later New Dealers lamented the nation's resistance to models abroad for correctives to the backwardness of American social politics. Atlantic Crossings is the first major account of the vibrant

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"The most belated of nations," Theodore Roosevelt called his country during the workmen's compensation fight in 1907. Earlier reformers, progressives of his day, and later New Dealers lamented the nation's resistance to models abroad for correctives to the backwardness of American social politics. Atlantic Crossings is the first major account of the vibrant international network that they constructed--so often obscured by notions of American exceptionalism--and of its profound impact on the United States from the 1870s through 1945.

On a narrative canvas that sweeps across Europe and the United States, Daniel Rodgers retells the story of the classic era of efforts to repair the damages of unbridled capitalism. He reveals the forgotten international roots of such innovations as city planning, rural cooperatives, modernist architecture for public housing, and social insurance, among other reforms. From small beginnings to reconstructions of the new great cities and rural life, and to the wide-ranging mechanics of social security for working people, Rodgers finds the interconnections, adaptations, exchanges, and even rivalries in the Atlantic region's social planning. He uncovers the immense diffusion of talent, ideas, and action that were breathtaking in their range and impact.

The scope of Atlantic Crossings is vast and peopled with the reformers, university men and women, new experts, bureaucrats, politicians, and gifted amateurs. This long durée of contemporary social policy encompassed fierce debate, new conceptions of the role of the state, an acceptance of the importance of expertise in making government policy, and a recognition of a shared destiny in a newly created world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674002012
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
648
Sales rank:
1,256,666
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x (h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

Paris, 1900

World of Iron

Explaining Social Politics

The Atlantic World

Landscapes

Progressive Politics

Twilight of Laissez-Faire

Natural Acts and Social Desires

Professing Economics

The Self-Owned City

The Collectivism of Urban Life

Cities on a Hill

Civic Ambitions

Private Property, Public Designs

"City Planning in Justice to the Working Population"

The Wage Earners' Risks

Workingmen's Insurance

Fields of Interest

War Collectivism

Europe, 1914

Society "More or Less Molten"

Rural Reconstruction

Cooperative Farming

Island Communities

The Machine Age

The American Invasion of Europe

The Politics of Modernism

New Deal

The Intellectual Economy of Catastrophe

Solidarity Imagined

London, 1942

The Plan to Abolish Want

The Phoenix of Exceptionalism

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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