History and Progress: In Search of the European and American Mind
Praeger, 1989 - 442 páginas
The idea of progress forms the core History and Progress. Mathiopoulos shows that faith in progress and the desire for a better world have been the major stimuli for historical change in the modern world. She describes how Europe gave birth to this idea and throughout history became largely disenchanted with it. In contrast, the United States inherited this concept and has utilized it for over 200 years to maintain its sense of identity and self-awareness. History and Progress explains not only how the idea of progress inspired the founding of America, but how the concept provides momentum for the historical development of the nation to the present. In short, the 'American Dream' preserved the progressive optimism projected by the Enlightenment in the United States, even when it had since disappeared from European historical thought.
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229 " History , " wrote Adams in his Education , " was a “ hundred years behind the experimental sciences . " : 230 Adams indefatigably devoted his energy to the illumination of the history of his country and the character of its people ...
Timothy Paul Donovan , Henry Adams and Brooks Adams : The Education of Two American Historians ( Norman , Okla . , 1961 ) . H. S. Commager , The American Mind ( chapter : The Cult of Irrationality ) . 207. Quote from the journal Living ...
was Henry Adams's commentary on the intellectual trends of his time , in Louis Hartz , The Coming of Age of America , American Political Science Review 51 ( June 1957 ) : 483 . 213. For a more detailed discussion , see Clinton Rossiter ...
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