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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The values and progressivist ideals of the American creed were tested for their ability to survive in the four periods of religious revival . The First Awakening swept the colonies between 1730 and 1740 , the Second Awakening began in ...
It distinguished Americans , " says Robertson , " with their beliefs and their ideals , from savages and strangers , those ... “ The ideal of national homogeneity , the ideal of the ' melting pot , ' was one of America's revolutionary ...
... European students aspired to the realization of Marxist ideals , while the vast majority of protesting American students were seeking reform of institutions and the actual realization of American ideals and the American creed .
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