Reflections on a Disruptive Decade: Essays from the Sixties

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As editor of Modern Age in the 1960s, Eugene Davidson introduced each quarterly issue with a thought-provoking contemplation of one or another of the decade's dizzying events. Gathered together here for the first time, the essays in Reflections on a Disruptive Decade present an intellectual conservative's perspective on an era which, because it underscores so many of the political divisions still with us today, continues to hold our fascination.

Davidson deals with the marvelous but confused realm of post-1945 international politics, in which the American people faced a new enemy, one often baffling and terrifying. The Cuban missile crisis was probably the most uncertain moment in foreign policy during this century. Although the crisis was resolved without bloodshed, there was intense danger of irrationality, for the Russians foolhardily had sent nuclear missiles to Cuba.

Other topics Davidson addresses are the Civil Rights movement, the policies and programs of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, and the East-West battles of ideology and arms in Europe, Vietnam, and the Middle East. With remarkable shrewdness, Davidson illuminates many contradictions and excesses of the decade's liberal ascendancy, and presciently detects signs pointing to a resurgence of the nation's conservative forces.

Although more than thirty years have passed, Davidson's essays still contain great clarity, and his appraisals are still keen. Reflections on a Disruptive Decade is a truly remarkable addition to the work of this distinguished scholar.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"I cannot say when I have had so much enthusiasm for a book. Having known and read the works of several very considerable men of letters, I can honestly say that I have never seen a collection of essays as good as this."—Robert H. Ferrell

A socially and fiscally conservative essayist and book editor offers opinions on various political, cultural, and social issues that arose during the 1960s, ranging from post-1945 international politics to civil rights and integration to the differences between Europe and the US. Of interest perhaps from an anthropological perspective, the essays were originally published as introductions to the quarterly periodical he edited, . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
Editor of the quarterly journal "Modern Age" in the 1960s, former President of the Foundation for Foreign Affairs, and now President Emeritus of the Conference on European Problems, Eugene Davidson was and remains uniquely qualified to write on the international political issues of the 60s. Highly recommended reading for students of American history, political science, and international studies, 36 essays compiled in Reflections On A Disruptive Decade span from "Mr Dallin among the Scholars (1960) to Castles in Spain and Other Countries (1969) and collective comprise a complete spectrum of observations and commentaries on the political, cultural, social and international issues, events and personalities of the times.
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of essays, from the 1960s, that provides a conservative perspective on that decade.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826212979
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Davidson is the author of numerous books, including The Death & Life of Germany, The Making of Adolf Hitler, The Unmaking of Adolf Hitler, The Trial of the Germans, and The Nuremberg Fallacy, all now available from the University of Missouri Press. Davidson, who lives in Santa Barbara, California, is President Emeritus of the Conference on European Problems and former President of the Foundation for Foreign Affairs.

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