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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... foreigners for the most part to whom liberty means license and politics means plunder , to whom the public good is nothing and their own most trivial interests everything , who love the country for what they can get out of it ...
The mineral wealth of the country , the coal , iron , oil , gas , and the like , does not reproduce itself , and therefore is certain to be exhausted ultimately ; and wastefulness in dealing with it today means that our descendants will ...
Unlike Roosevelt , however , he was convinced that the interventional function of the government was merely a corrective , a means to restore “ opportunities ” for the free and fair play of economic forces . In his inaugural address of ...
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