The Cycles of American History

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - History - 498 pages
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Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., first revealed the sequences that governed American politics over the past two centuries in The Cycles of American History. In this updated edition, the prominent political historian continues to reflect on the "recurring struggle between pragmatism and idealism in the American soul" (Time). Faced with a new century, a new millennium, and social and technological revolutions, Schlesinger confronts the possibility of a revolution in American political cycles.
  

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Contents

Experiment or Destiny?
3
The Cycles of American Politics
23
Foreign Policy and the American Character 5 1
53
National Interests and Moral Absolutes
69
Human Rights and the Amercan Tradition
87
The Solzhenitsyn Challenge
111
America and Empire
118
Why the Cold War?
163
The Short Happy Life of American Political Parties
256
After the Imperial Presidency
277
The Future of the Vice Presidency
337
Vicissitudes of Presidential Reputations
373
Democracy and Leadership
419
Acknowledgments
437
Notes
439
Index
475

Affirmative Government and the American Economy
219

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ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR., the author of sixteen books, was a renowned historian and social critic. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1946 for The Age of Jackson and in 1966 for A Thousand Days. He was also the winner of the National Book Award for both A Thousand Days and Robert Kennedy and His Times (1979). In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.

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