[OPE-L] Attendant Cruelties: Nation and Nationalism in American History Patrice Higonnet

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Fri Jun 22 2007 - 14:44:38 EDT

Attendant Cruelties: Nation and Nationalism in American History

Written by Patrice Higonnet

An exploration of the nature of American nationalism and its manipulation
by unscrupulous presidents.

For nearly four centuries, religion and capitalism have been the central
values of the American way. Most Americans have made of this national
legacy a force of inclusion in a land shaped by successive waves of change
and immigration. But others have chosen to define their nation’s values by
exclusion, within a Republic to be sure, but within a democratic polity
that was also constrained by race, class, and gender. In consequence,
America has often been deeply divided—as during its terrible Civil War—but
it is also the only country in the world where Left and Right have had and
still have so broad a common origin. Anticlericalism and anticapitalism,
which are the cornerstones of European leftist thinking, have never
secured a broad audience in the United States.

Throughout the nation’s history, unforeseen circumstances have often
decided which of these two themes — inclusion or exclusion — will prevail.
Hence the power of America’s presidents to push their country toward
either humane libertarianism — as did Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt
during America’s darkest hours — or toward racism, imperialism, and war —
as did Jackson with the expulsion of the Cherokees, McKinley with the
Philippines in 1898, and George W. Bush with the whole world today.
Hard Cover: $25.95

History / History of Ideas

384 pages, 6" x 9"

ISBN-13: 9781590512357
ISBN-10: 1-59051-235-9

Released: June 2007, In Stock

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