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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On one hand , they cannot bear to see the superior culmination and perpetuation of the classical Western values of freedom , democracy , human rights , and equality in the New World rather than in ...
In the United States , unlike in Europe , this self - perception promoted the growth of a conservative sense of history regarding the ideals of the revolution — freedom , democracy , human rights , and equality ...
Sidney Verba and Gary R. Orren , Equality in America , The View from the Top ( Cambridge , Mass . , 1985 ) . For opposing theoretical positions on this subject , see Robert Nozick , Anarchy , State and Utopia ( New York , 1974 ) .
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