Книга: Paul S. Boyer «American History»

American History

Серия: "A Very Short Introduction"

This brief history of America will span the earliest migrations to the present, reflecting Paul S. Boyer's interests in social, intellectual, and cultural history, including popular culture and religion. It will reflect his personal view of American history, in which a sense of paradox and irony loom large. While noting positive achievements - political, economic, social, and cultural - he will also discuss the United States's failures to live up to its oft-stated ideals; although America has figured in the world's imagination (and its own self-image) as a land of opportunity offering liberty and justice for all, the reality has often fallen short. For example, the establishment of the North American colonies had very different meanings for colonists from the British Isles and Europe, for Native peoples, and for enslaved Africans brought against their will. The late nineteenth century saw not only impressive industrial expansion and the creation of vast fortunes but also appalling conditions in urban-immigrant slums and a degraded, exploited labor force. The twentieth-century emergence of a suburban society of consumer abundance meant a better life for many and laid the groundwork for impressive cultural creativity, yet left behind crime-ridden inner cities and spawned a stultifying mass culture. The immigrants who have renewed and revitalized the nation have also stirred hostility and resentment. While American popular culture has demonstrated global appeal, the projection of U. S. military power abroad, from the Philippines early in the twentieth century to Iraq early in the twenty-first, has sometimes failed in its purpose and damaged the nation's international standing. Although this book will not be a muckraking expose or anachronistic moral tract, neither will it be a celebratory panegyric or a bland recital of facts.

Издательство: "Oxford University Press" (2012)

ISBN: 978-0-19-538914-2

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Paul S. Boyer

Paul S. Boyer is a U.S. cultural and intellectual historian (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1966) and is Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus and former director (1993-2001) of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held visiting professorships at UCLA, Northwestern University, and William & Mary; has received Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships; and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of American Historians, and the American Antiquarian Society. Before coming to Wisconsin in 1980, he taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1967-1980).

elected Publications

*"Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age" (NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1968; 2nd edition with two new chapters, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002)
* [http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/JAMNOT.html "Notable American Women, 1600-1950"] (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 3 vols., 1971). Assistant editor.
* [http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/BOYSAX.html "Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft"] (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1974). Co-author with Stephen Nissenbaum.
**Winner of the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association
**Nominated for a National Book Award
*"The Salem Witchcraft Papers", co-editor with Stephen Nissenbaum (3 vols., NY: DaCapo Press, 1977)
* [http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/BOYURX.html"Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920"] (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978)
*"By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age" (NY: Pantheon, 1985; 2nd edn. with a new introduction, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994)
*"Reagan as President: Contemporary Views of the Man, His Politics, and His Politicies" Edited with an Introduction by Paul Boyer (Chicago, Ivan R. Dee, 1990).
* [http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/BOYWHE.html "When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture"] (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992)
*"Fallout: A Historian Reflects on America's Half-Century Encounter With Nuclear Weapons" (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998)

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