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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It remains the historical task of the West to promote the fusion of West German and West European responsibility for the realization of the European idea , the United States of Europe , in order to ensure the political , cultural , and ...
The problem of the classic tensions between real and ideal values , between reconciliation with the past and visions of the future , between individual and communal realization of goals cannot , however , be solved by means of the ...
By contrast , the American students demanded only the realization of the American ideology of progress and idealism , holding on to values shared by the older generation and their own . Comparing the Western European gap between ideas ...
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