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Overview

Named by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the 100 most influential books since the end of World War II, The End of Ideology has been a landmark in American social thought, regarded as a classic since its first publication in 1962.

Daniel Bell postulated that the older humanistic ideologies derived from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were exhausted, and that new parochial ideologies would arise. In a new introduction to the year 2000 edition, he argues that with the end of communism, we are seeing a resumption of history, a lifting of the heavy ideological blanket and the return of traditional ethnic and religious conflicts in the many regions of the former socialist states and elsewhere.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

Originally published in 1960, this collection of essays focuses on the protean nature of American society and the decay of Marxism and other systematic ideologies in the West...Arthur Schlesinger Jr. [has] admired the book's 'unflagging confidence, trenchancy, and authority.'
— Scott Veale

Patrice Higonnet
A very polished book. The overall argument on the relationship of declining religious and rising national feeling is highly appropriate and particularly significant. Bell is obviously completely conversant with recent work by Habermas, Chartier, Gordon, Baker, and Crow, to name but a few authors whose findings he weaves into his own purpose. I was also taken with his thought on the relationship between national feeling in France and the awareness of France's changing place in the world, and with that, of Britain's surprisingly swift advance from 1688 to the middle decades of the eighteenth century. His pages on 'Great Men' as the vehicles of national sentiment are likewise very thoughtful.
Alan Brinkley

Praise for earlier editions:

The End of Ideology was one of the most influential, most controversial, and most misunderstood books about the 1950s. But it is not simply a central text of the intellectual history of those years (although it certainly is that). It is also a provocative discussion by one of America's most creative thinkers of political and philosophical issues that concern us still.

Theodore Draper
No one could consider himself politically literate without an intimate knowledge of the issues foreseen in The End of Ideology.
New York Times Book Review - Scott Veale
Originally published in 1960, this collection of essays focuses on the protean nature of American society and the decay of Marxism and other systematic ideologies in the West...Arthur Schlesinger Jr. [has] admired the book's 'unflagging confidence, trenchancy, and authority.'
New York Times Book Review
Originally published in 1960, this collection of essays focuses on the protean nature of American society and the decay of Marxism and other systematic ideologies in the West...Arthur Schlesinger Jr. [has] admired the book's 'unflagging confidence, trenchancy, and authority.'
— Scott Veale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674004269
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2000
  • Edition description: with "The Resumption of History in the New Century"
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 1.16 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Bell was Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University.
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Table of Contents

The Resumption of History in the New Century

Introduction: The Restless Vanity

PART 1: AMERICA: THE AMBIGUITIES OF THEORY

1. America as a Mass Society: A Critique

2. The Breakup of Family Capitalism: On Changes in Class in America

3. Is There a Ruling Class in America? The Power Elite Reconsidered

4. The Prospects of American Capitalism: On Keynes, Schumpeter and Gaibraith

5. The Refractions of the American Past: On the Question of National Character

6. Status Politics and New Anxieties: On the "Radical Right" and Ideologies of the Fifties

PART 2: AMERICA: THE COMPLEXITIES OF LIFE

7. Crime as an American Way of Life: A Queer Ladder of Social Mobility

8. The Myth of Crime Waves: The Actual Decline of Crime in the United States

9. The Racket-Ridden Longshoremen: The Web of Economics and Politics

10. The Capitalism of the Proletariat: A Theory of American Trade-Unionism

11. Work and its Discontents: The Cult of Efficiency in America

PART 3: THE EXHAUSTION OF UTOPIA

12. The Failure of American Socialism: The Tension of Ethics and Politics

13. The Mood of Three Generations:

A. The Once-Born, the Twice-Born, and the After-Born

B. The Loss of Innocence in the Thirties

C. Politics in the Forties

D. Dissent in the Fifties

14. Ten Theories in Search of Reality: The Prediction of Soviet Behavior

15. Two Roads from Marx: The Themes of Alienation and Exploitation and Workers' Control in Socialist Thought

The End of Ideology in the West: An Epilogue

Afterword, 1988: The End of Ideology Revisited

Acknowledgment

Notes

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    A first-rate work

    This is a book rich in ideas and social perception. I most remember the essay on the various theories of Communism, the learned analyses of Sovietologists whose profession suddenly became outmoded. As to the end of ideology itself,that particular idea was I suspect always a bit suspect. The ideology which seems to be sweeping much of the world is the one called ' capitalism- (democracy perhaps attached). There is also unfortunately a worldwide search for the closed mind, most alarmingly exhibited in the Islamic world. The essays of Bell's book are eminently readable and enjoyable. The book could not be recommended more highly.

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