A Political History of the USA: One Nation Under God

A Political History of the USA: One Nation Under God

by Bruce Kuklick


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This book is a fresh and engaging account of America's history from European contact to the election of Barack Obama. Bruce Kuklick's straightforward, yet authoritative narrative provides a clear and concise way through the complexities of American history without oversimplifying or assuming prior knowledge. The book places politics in the context of religious culture and tries to account for the assertive expansion at the heart of the development of the US. Supported by wide-ranging examples, extracts from primary sources, maps, photos and illustrations, this compelling, yet balanced, account of America's political, cultural and religious history will be core reading for undergraduate students of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230221369
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bruce Kuklick is Nichols Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of books in American diplomatic, political, intellectual, and sports history. In 2004 he was elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Introduction 1

Part I Making a State

1 The European impact in America, 1494-1676 7

2 North American colonies, 1632-1732 30

3 The colonies in the Empire, 1651-1774 44

4 War and order, 1775-1787 65

Part II Consolidating the Power of the State

5 The culture of politics, 1788-1826 83

6 From coexistence to expansion, 1783-1832 94

7 Nationalism, sectionalism, and slavery, 1820-1861 111

8 Lincoln and the Civil War, 1858-1865 132

9 The sections integrated: South, West, and Northeast, 1865-1896 147

Part III The American State and the World

10 The New Empire, 1890-1917 173

11 Progressive America, 1900-1920 190

12 The crises of progressive capitalism, 1919-1933 212

13 The cosmopolitan New Deal in depression and war, 1933-1945 226

14 Cold War America, 1945-1963 252

Part IV Personal Politics and the State

15 The Long 1960s, 1954-1975 277

16 Cultural divisions and cultural imperialism, 1968-2000 299

Epilogue: America in History, 2001 and After 314

Critical suggestions for reading and study 324

Acknowledgments 335

Index 336

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The book will be attractive to teachers and students who want an introductory survey of American political history that combines assured scholarship and accessible prose, and that – through admirable compression – keeps to a manageable length.' - Richard Cawardine, Rhodes Professor of American History, University of Oxford, UK

'How refreshing to encounter a textbook distinguished by a very un-textbook-like capacity to say what is most important about this or that historical episode rather than just 'covering' what everyone else covers. This is a wonderfully analytic, sharply formulated book that will give students direct access to what they most need to know.' - David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History, University of California, Berkeley, USA

'It might seem miraculous for a relatively short textbook by a single author to treat the entire political history of the United States with comprehensive thoroughness alongside lightly-worn learning and sparkling wit. But miracles do happen, and Bruce Kuklick has done it. Readers are in for a real treat from this book - both for what they will learn and for how Kuklick's carefully expressed judgments force them to think.' - Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, USA

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