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 criterion of immutable law was no longer sought in the state itself , but in a world reason transcending ordinary state boundaries . It must be acknowledged that the Epicurean negation of political duties and the Stoic maxim of a ...
The attack on reason , on any historical meaning , on clarity , normality , grammar , and morality , were characteristic features of this new American literary school , which included naturalists such as London , Crane , Norris , and ...
For this reason , it can be viewed as an almost purely political revolution . None of the divisive rifts seen in other countries appeared in the revolutionary camp , nor did the powers - that - be form an opposing coalition .
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