A History of the United States (Palgrave Essential by Philip Jenkins

By Philip Jenkins

This established introductory text provides a lucid, authoritative account of the process American heritage, discussing political, social, financial and cultural advancements. during this revised and updated new variation, Jenkins reports the 2008 presidential election, the industrial obstacle and up to date environmental issues.  

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Cover History American History; Historiography and Reference; title : A History of the United States Palgrave Essential Histories; 2nd Ed. author : Jenkins, Philip. publisher : Palgrave Macmillan (UK) isbn10 | asin : 1403900299 print isbn13 : 9781403900296 ebook isbn13 : 9781403913777 language : English subject United States--History. J35 2003eb ddc : 973 subject : United States--History. Page i A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES Second Edition Page ii PALGRAVE ESSENTIAL HISTORIES General Editor: Jeremy Black This series of compact, readable and informative national histories is designed to appeal to anyone wishing to gain a broad understanding of a country's history.

In reality most European nations have to some extent drawn on multiple ethnic groups, most obviously in the case of entities such as the Austro-Hungarian state. Even the British Empire was formed and ruled by the several nations of the British Isles, in addition to Huguenots, Jews and others. On the other hand, migration to America from 1820 onwards made it a far more complicated ethnic quilt than any other advanced state, while diversity existed in a democratic framework: from the 1830s, in fact, in a world of radical mass democracy.

I would request the reader's tolerance of the degree to which the book does indeed stray towards the ‘margins’ – wherever these are actually located. Page xii Introduction Historians have often argued over the issue of ‘American exceptionalism’, the idea that the United States is somehow subject to rules and trends distinct from those prevailing in other advanced countries. At its worst, this tendency can lead scholars to a rosy consensus theory, which argues that Americans are somehow immune from the passions or problems that affect other comparable societies, so that symptoms of grave political or social tension are ignored.

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