A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History

A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History

by Jay Sexton


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A concise new history of the United States revealing that crises—not unlike those of the present day—have determined our nation's course from the start

In A Nation Forged by Crisis, historian Jay Sexton contends that our national narrative is not one of halting yet inevitable progress, but of repeated disruptions brought about by shifts in the international system. Sexton shows that the American Revolution was a consequence of the increasing integration of the British and American economies; that a necessary precondition for the Civil War was the absence, for the first time in decades, of foreign threats; and that we cannot understand the New Deal without examining the role of European immigrants and their offspring in transforming the Democratic Party.

A necessary corrective to conventional narratives of American history, A Nation Forged by Crisis argues that we can only prepare for our unpredictable future by first acknowledging the contingencies of our collective past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541617230
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 934,269
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jay Sexton is the Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri and emeritus fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. The author of The Monroe Doctrine and Debtor Diplomacy, Sexton lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 An Unexpected Result 15

Chapter 2 The Wrecking Ball 59

Chapter 3 The Last Best Hope of Earth 99

Chapter 4 Zigzagging through Global Crisis 141

Conclusion: From Triumph to Crisis 185

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 201

Index 231

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