The Liberal State On Trial

The Liberal State On Trial

by Jonathan Bell
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0231133561

ISBN-13: 9780231133562

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: Columbia University

What was left, in both senses of the word, of liberalism after the death of Franklin Roosevelt? This question has aroused considerable historical debate because it raises the question of why the United States, during the Truman years, developed a much less state-centered orthodoxy than other comparable, powerful liberal states. What were the consequences of this

Overview

What was left, in both senses of the word, of liberalism after the death of Franklin Roosevelt? This question has aroused considerable historical debate because it raises the question of why the United States, during the Truman years, developed a much less state-centered orthodoxy than other comparable, powerful liberal states. What were the consequences of this fundamental choice that would shape the character and direction of American society during the second half of the twentieth century? This book explores the role of the Cold War in shifting the center of gravity in American politics sharply to the right in the years immediately following World War II. Jonathan Bell demonstrates that there was far more active and vibrant debate about the potential for liberal ideas before they become submerged in Cold War anti-state rhetoric than has generally been recognized.

Using case studies from Senate and House races from 1946 to 1952, Bell shows how the anti-statist imagery that defined the Cold War in political debate became the key weapon among right-wing and business interest groups and their political representatives with which to discredit political figures who wanted to expand political liberalism beyond existing New Deal measures. He depicts how this process implicitly endorsed socioeconomic inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231133562
Publisher:
Columbia University
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ideologies of the State in Early Cold War America1. The Dynamics of Postwar Politics Before the Cold War2. The 80th Congress and Conceptions of the State3. Ideological Interpretations of Foreign Policy, 1947-19484. Varieties of Liberalism in the 1948 Campaigns5. Transnational Perspectives and Images of the State, 1949-19506. The American State on Trial: The 1950 Midterm Elections7. All Internationalists Now: Establishing a Consensus on the State In the Cold War, 1951-1952Conclusion: The Cold War, the State, and Post New Deal AmericaBibliography

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >