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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It was both astounding and encouraging that the political ideals of liberalism , conservatism , and socialism ( social democracy ) did not become victims of the pessimistic cultural propaganda of the 1940s and 1950s .
Once useful , it has become a danger to society . " 97 ۱۰ 198 In Beard's opinion , what American society now needed was the reassessment of state intervention , the admittance of state measures “ to a new role in the process of ...
become an extremely explosive political subject , one leading to friction particularly in the North . It has probably contributed more than any other problem to resistance to " big government " from Washington and Democratic reformist ...
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