In Our Times: America Since World War II

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Concise, lively, and broad in perspective, this popular overview of American life since 1945 offers a clearly-written, authoritative interpretive narrative that pays special attention to major trends in foreign policy, mass culture, social history, gender, politics, civil rights, economics, and political culture. Organized both chronologically and topically, it provides balanced insights into all topics and demonstrates the ways in which different kinds of history blend together and provides a broad view of ...
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Overview

Concise, lively, and broad in perspective, this popular overview of American life since 1945 offers a clearly-written, authoritative interpretive narrative that pays special attention to major trends in foreign policy, mass culture, social history, gender, politics, civil rights, economics, and political culture. Organized both chronologically and topically, it provides balanced insights into all topics and demonstrates the ways in which different kinds of history blend together and provides a broad view of "politics." The World's Superpower. Postwar Readjustments, 1946-1953. Eisenhower Republicanism. Life During the 1950s. The Promise and Perils of the 1960s. Polarization and the Search for Empowerment. Times of Turmoil: The 1970s. An Oversized Society: Life during the 1960s and 1970s. A Conservative Turn, 1980- 1992. New Democrats, a New Economy, and New Americans. For anyone interested in American History since 1945.
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Provides students and instructors an overall framework of the period within which any number of subjects can be studied, such as politics, contemporary events, or social affairs. First published in 1976 and updated from the 1995 edition not only by extending the coverage through the 1996 election, but also by reinterpreting earlier events and trends. Lightly illustrated in black and white. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780139110825
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/12/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.82 (w) x 7.05 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman and Emily Rosenberg are DeWitt Wallace Professors of History at Macalester College and have researched and published widely in twentieth century American history.

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In Our Times, like the period of U.S. history it seeks to represent, remains a work in progress. We began writing the first edition of this book in the mid1970s, when only thirty years had elapsed since 1945. In this seventh, 2002 edition, the book now wears twice as many years as when we began—and so do we. We continue to be gratified that this book—one of the first texts designed for "1945 to present" courses—remains a favorite among history teachers and students. We have again undertaken the kind of reorganization and updating that those who use In Our Times, and we ourselves, expect.

We strive to provide students and instructors with an interesting, readable, and coherent historical framework. We have streamlined the narrative, integrated new scholarship, and entirely reorganized most chapters. New, and more numerous, pictures, charts, and maps enhance the book's visual dimension. Updated bibliographies, along with suggested websites, provide additional resources for teaching and learning. Users will find that our new introductions to chapters and to sections bring major themes into focus while enhancing the text's narrative quality.

In this seventh journey through "our times," we have incurred many debts of gratitude. Our greatest goes to the anonymous reviewers, some of whom suggested the reorganizations and additions that we have undertaken for this new edition. We trust that they will see many of their fine recommendations reflected in these pages: more discussion, for example, of the soldier's experience in Vietnam and of cultural diplomacy; greater consistency in chapter size; improved organization ire the coverage of politics, diplomacy, and culture; significant expansion of material on the 1980s and 1990s. We have, of course, revised and updated our strong treatment of mass culture, a feature that has appealed to students over the years.

We also extend our special thanks to our editors. Charles Cavaliere enthusiastically imparted a new vision and a special commitment to In Our Times. Emsal Hasan has skillfully carried this book forward through the last two editions; his enthusiasm, good sense, and attention to detail has made him a true collaborator. Rosie Jones provided vital expert assistance on the finishing touches of the book. Joelle Blomquist, a senior history major at Macalester College, has provided meticulous and thorough assistance in the tasks of research d revision. Herta Pitman, department coordinator at Macalester, has also contributed her expertise. Finally, of course, we are indebted to all of the scholars whose books and essays make doing the history of "our times" meaningful d exciting.

In Our Times, like our teaching career at Macalester College, remains a joint production. Although we continue to split the primary responsibility for .reviewing and rewriting specific sections, the computer remains community property. One of us will often complete the paragraph or sentence that the other had begun or had once thought, mistakenly, to be complete. For any errors of fact or judgment, each of us can offer the ready excuse that it was surely committed by "the other Professor Rosenberg." Yet we will also be happy to take joint credit for whatever positive features this book offers.

Norman L. Rosenberg Emily S. Rosenberg

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Table of Contents

1. The World's Superpower.
2. Postwar Readjustments, 1946-1953.
3. Eisenhower Republicanism.
4. Life During the 1950s.
5. The Promise and Perils of the 1960s.
6. Polarization and the Search for Empowerment.
7. Times of Turmoil: The 1970s.
8. An Oversized Society: Life during the 1960s and 1970s.
9. A Conservative Turn, 1980-1992.
10. New Politics, a New Economy, and New Americans.
Index.
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Preface

In Our Times, like the period of U.S. history it seeks to represent, remains a work in progress. We began writing the first edition of this book in the mid1970s, when only thirty years had elapsed since 1945. In this seventh, 2002 edition, the book now wears twice as many years as when we began—and so do we. We continue to be gratified that this book—one of the first texts designed for "1945 to present" courses—remains a favorite among history teachers and students. We have again undertaken the kind of reorganization and updating that those who use In Our Times, and we ourselves, expect.

We strive to provide students and instructors with an interesting, readable, and coherent historical framework. We have streamlined the narrative, integrated new scholarship, and entirely reorganized most chapters. New, and more numerous, pictures, charts, and maps enhance the book's visual dimension. Updated bibliographies, along with suggested websites, provide additional resources for teaching and learning. Users will find that our new introductions to chapters and to sections bring major themes into focus while enhancing the text's narrative quality.

In this seventh journey through "our times," we have incurred many debts of gratitude. Our greatest goes to the anonymous reviewers, some of whom suggested the reorganizations and additions that we have undertaken for this new edition. We trust that they will see many of their fine recommendations reflected in these pages: more discussion, for example, of the soldier's experience in Vietnam and of cultural diplomacy; greater consistency in chapter size; improved organization ire the coverage of politics,diplomacy, and culture; significant expansion of material on the 1980s and 1990s. We have, of course, revised and updated our strong treatment of mass culture, a feature that has appealed to students over the years.

We also extend our special thanks to our editors. Charles Cavaliere enthusiastically imparted a new vision and a special commitment to In Our Times. Emsal Hasan has skillfully carried this book forward through the last two editions; his enthusiasm, good sense, and attention to detail has made him a true collaborator. Rosie Jones provided vital expert assistance on the finishing touches of the book. Joelle Blomquist, a senior history major at Macalester College, has provided meticulous and thorough assistance in the tasks of research d revision. Herta Pitman, department coordinator at Macalester, has also contributed her expertise. Finally, of course, we are indebted to all of the scholars whose books and essays make doing the history of "our times" meaningful d exciting.

In Our Times, like our teaching career at Macalester College, remains a joint production. Although we continue to split the primary responsibility for .reviewing and rewriting specific sections, the computer remains community property. One of us will often complete the paragraph or sentence that the other had begun or had once thought, mistakenly, to be complete. For any errors of fact or judgment, each of us can offer the ready excuse that it was surely committed by "the other Professor Rosenberg." Yet we will also be happy to take joint credit for whatever positive features this book offers.

Norman L. Rosenberg
Emily S. Rosenberg

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