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 latent sociopolitical strains of coming to terms with the past were balanced out by means of a cross - partisan economic consensus , which lasted until the youth and student rebellions of the mid - 1960s .
This realization , in turn , occasioned disillusionment in Western Europe's recent political past , for totalitarianism of the Right as well as the Left could ultimately be traced back to the domination and perversion of the European ...
See Stanley Hoffmann , Europe's Identity Crisis : Between the Past and America , Daedalus 93 ( Fall 1964 ) : 1249 , 1252 f . R. Nisbet , Progress at Bay , in History of the Idea of Progress , p . 323 f .: the past is sacred ground for ...
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