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The Limits of Liberty: American History, 1607-1992 (1983)

by Maldwyn A. Jones

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This is a major survey of the American past from the earliest colonial settlements to the present day. It traces the political, intellectual, economic and cultural development of a distinctive American society, without losing sight of its continued connections with the Old World. Swelled by acontinuous flux of immigration, the population of the United States spread with astonishing rapidity over a vast continent, evolving a new system of government and creating extraordinary wealth. Maldwyn A Jones assesses not only the epic achievements of the nation, but also the tensions andlimitations of the society behind the 'American Dream'.In this second edition Professor Jones has continued his study to the present, with a new chapter examining the conservative revival of the 1980s and the presidential elections of 1992. He has included an additional map, incorporated the most recently available statistics into the population tables,and completely revised and updated the Bibliography.… (more)
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In poco più di duecento anni, molti sono i personaggi che hanno partecipato alla costruzione della nazione americana: padri della patria come Washington, Jefferson, Adams e Lincoln,ma anche grandi figure del Novecento come Wilson, Roosevelt, Eisenhower e Kennedy, solo per citarne alcuni. In realtà la storia americana – dalla fondazione delle prime colonie (agli inizi del Seicento) alla fine del XX secolo – somiglia più a un grande romanzo corale.
Lo sviluppo politico, economico e culturale degli Stati Uniti ha dato vita a una società tra le più originali del mondo moderno.
Un Paese dalle molte anime viene qui presentato in tutta la sua complessità e le sue molteplici sfumature: le tappe fondamentali della sua storia, le scelte della politica interna ed estera, gli assetti sociali, le conquiste culturali, il rapporto con il territorio e quello con la religione.
Gli ideali, i miti, le tensioni, i limiti e gli slanci alla base di quel fenomeno unico che va sotto il nome di american way of life hanno anche decretato la grandezza di questa società soprattutto nel Novecento, che qualcuno ha non a caso definito“il secolo americano€?. ( )
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This is a major survey of the American past from the earliest colonial settlements to the present day. It traces the political, intellectual, economic and cultural development of a distinctive American society, without losing sight of its continued connections with the Old World. Swelled by acontinuous flux of immigration, the population of the United States spread with astonishing rapidity over a vast continent, evolving a new system of government and creating extraordinary wealth. Maldwyn A Jones assesses not only the epic achievements of the nation, but also the tensions andlimitations of the society behind the 'American Dream'.In this second edition Professor Jones has continued his study to the present, with a new chapter examining the conservative revival of the 1980s and the presidential elections of 1992. He has included an additional map, incorporated the most recently available statistics into the population tables,and completely revised and updated the Bibliography.

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