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Distortion of America: Second Edition / Edition 2

Distortion of America: Second Edition / Edition 2

by Oscar Handlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560002379

ISBN-13: 9781560002376

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

This book is a methodological primer on how historians gather evidence, presume reliability of witnesses, and develop forms of verification in the conduct of analysis and research. It is an introduction to the study of history and an examination of specific instances in which ideology has distorted the study of American history.

Oscar Handlin is best known as

Overview

This book is a methodological primer on how historians gather evidence, presume reliability of witnesses, and develop forms of verification in the conduct of analysis and research. It is an introduction to the study of history and an examination of specific instances in which ideology has distorted the study of American history.

Oscar Handlin is best known as America’s leading historian of ethnicity and the immigrant experience in the new nation. When it was first published in 1961, The Distortion of America was perhaps the first critique of anti-Americanism as an ideological expression of Marxism-Leninism in schools of higher learning. For the second edition, originally published in the 1990s, Handlin added chapters on forces affecting economic strength in the US; race and distortions of America; Yugoslavian troubles created by class divisions; and the relevance to China of democracy in the United States. The final chapter is a memorable essay on how Arthur Koestler’s career exemplifies the difficulties of the ex-communist in an unsympathetic environment.

Now available in paperback for the first time, this volume offers a new generation of historians and students an opportunity to acquaint themselves with one of the premier historians of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560002376
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition

Preface

1. From Dream to Nightmare

2. One World

3. The Failure of Communism and What It Meant

4. The Gullibility of the Neutrals

5. A Note on Legality

6. Vietnam

7. Loss of Will

8. Democracy and the Intellectuals

9. Payroll Prosperity

10. Second Chance for the South

11. The Goals of Integration

12. Worlds Apart

13. The Worlds of Arthur Koestler

14. Reflections on Tiananmen

Acknowledgments

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