Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years / Edition 1

Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years / Edition 1

by Robert M. Collins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231124007

ISBN-13: 9780231124003

Pub. Date: 11/21/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Robert Collins examines the critical and controversial developments of the 1980s and the unmistakable influence of Ronald Reagan on their making. Portraying the former president as a complex political figure who combined ideological conservatism with political pragmatism, Collins demonstrates how Reagan's policies helped limit the scope of government, control

Overview

Robert Collins examines the critical and controversial developments of the 1980s and the unmistakable influence of Ronald Reagan on their making. Portraying the former president as a complex political figure who combined ideological conservatism with political pragmatism, Collins demonstrates how Reagan's policies helped limit the scope of government, control inflation, reduce the threat of nuclear war, and defeat communism. In the 1980s other changes occurred as well, including the advent of the personal computer, a revolution in information technology, a more globalized national economy, and a restructuring of the American corporation. In the realm of culture, MTV, self-help gurus, and postmodernism realized the cultural shifts of the postwar era, creating a conflict that pitted cultural conservatism against a secular, multicultural view of the world. Entertaining and erudite, Transforming American explores the events, movements, and ideas that profoundly changed American culture and politics during an important decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231124003
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/21/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 "Malaise" 7

2 Enter Ronald Reagan, Pragmatic Ideologue 29

3 Reaganomics 59

4 Greed is Good? The American Business System in the Eighties 93

5 Social Problems, Societal Issues 117

6 The Postmodern Moment 147

7 Culture War 171

8 Combating the Evil Empire 193

9 Winning the Cold War 219

10 The Eighties Legacy: The Recentering of Politics and Culture 235

Notes 257

Index 295

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