American History from a Global Perspective: An by David Russo

By David Russo

This learn is the 1st interpretive textual content for the research of yank exceptionalism and the 1st total evaluate of geographic, political, financial, social, and cultural facets of the yank earlier written from a world point of view. Russo argues that lifestyles within the usa will be greater understood whether it is tested from both a much broader perspective-the English conversing global, the Western Hemisphere, Western Civilization-or a narrower perspective-regional and native diversifications. even if the americans have been innovative-in their multi-ethnic and multi-racial society, of their egalitarian social ideals, of their political democracy-their thoughts have been quickly copied by means of others. consequently, Russo argues, they're not fairly American.

Using countries because the foundation for fields of research can either exhibit and deform the historic list. while one considers diversified views, America's forte recedes in value. American tradition used to be a version of a much broader Western tradition. the yank financial system used to be an extension of Western capitalism, even if agrarian, advertisement, or business. American society was once a Western society with racial castes and multi-ethnic additions to the inhabitants. American executive functioned like different Western governments, in spite of cutting edge kinds: Republican, then democratic. the yank prior is therefore noticeable to be a long way much less specified than past syntheses have assumed.

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