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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In Eastern Europe the imposition of totalitarian leftist regimes brought with it the categorically defined communist ideologization of the past , present , and future .
It takes a combination of faith in , ideas about , and will to build one's future to keep an interest in the past from becoming mere scholarship or leisure . . . . First , can one live for ever in the economic present , confronting ...
Or is Europe's future , and its belief in progress , being continued in America ? Has the “ European dream ” perhaps been fulfilled by the American dream ” ? Is Europe historically dead ? Today the intellectual self - awareness of the ...
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