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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An additional factor was provided by a program of school reform in the Federal Republic of Germany at the beginning of the 1970s , which ultimately accelerated the decay of a thinly sown sense of history . The new guidelines of “ modern ...
This was perhaps ultimately due to the psychic constitution of a resigned cosmopolitan who , having become a cultural pessimist , had abnegated the search for ideals.201 Perhaps Beard's obtrusive demonstration of an alleged subjectivity ...
354 In any case , the Americans ultimately preferred to continue their isolationist policies for almost an entire century , thus ensuring their independence from European quarrels . The view of Europe held by American Romantics ...
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