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 future of European history depends on their historical sense of responsibility and their future sense of political duty . Notes to Introduction and Part I INTRODUCTION a 1. See Progress and Ideology 59.
38 trust of authority , work and constant activity , optimism , a strong sense of individualism and belief in uniqueness , respect of equal opportunity and success . The frontier was the real “ melting pot ” of America .
Europe's lack of vision , loss of intellectual radiance , inability to maintain a sense of history because of past discontinuities , self - torturing pessimism toward the future , and lack of élan and innovativeness — where will all of ...
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