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What is Americanism? The contributors to this volume recognize Americanism in all its complexity--as an ideology, an articulation of the nation's rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, a political language, and a cultural style imbued with political meaning. In response to the pervasive vision of Americanism as a battle cry or a smug assumption, this collection of essays stirs up new questions and debates that challenge us to rethink the model currently being exported, too often by force, to the rest of the world. Crafted by a cast of both rising and renowned intellectuals from three continents, the twelve essays in this volume are divided into two sections. The first group of essays addresses the understanding of Americanism within the United States over the past two centuries, from the early republic to the war in Iraq. The second section provides perspectives from around the world in an effort to make sense of how the national creed and its critics have shaped diplomacy, war, and global culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Approaching a controversial ideology as both scholars and citizens, many of the essayists call for a revival of the ideals of Americanism in a new progressive politics that can bring together an increasingly polarized and fragmented citizenry. Contributors: Mia Bay, Rutgers University Jun Furuya, Hokkaido University, Japan Gary Gerstle, University of Maryland Jonathan M. Hansen, Harvard University Michael Kazin, Georgetown University Rob Kroes, University of Amsterdam Melani McAlister, The George Washington University Joseph A. McCartin, Georgetown University Alan McPherson, Howard University Louis Menand, Harvard University Mae M. Ngai, University of Chicago Robert Shalhope, University of Oklahoma Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University Alan Wolfe, Boston College These 12 commissioned essays (plus intro & conclusion by the eds.) explore the concept of Americanism--as an ideology, as an articulation of America's place in the world, as a set of traditions, as a political language, and as a cultural style rich with political meaning. The book is divided into two sections: the first includes essays about debates and narratives within the U.S., and the second section addresses views of the Americanist mission by the rest of the world. Essayists include senior scholars such as Louis Menand and Alan Wolfe, as well as respected younger scholars such as Mia Bay and Mae Ngai. cloth pub 4/3/06; sales = 1083 sold; 1281 in stock The contributors to this volume recognize Americanism as an ideology, an articulation of the nation's rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, a political language, and a cultural style imbued with political meaning. In response to the pervasive vision of Americanism as a battle cry or a smug assumption, this collection of 12 essays stirs up new questions and debates that challenge us to rethink the model currently being exported to the rest of the world. The first group of essays addresses the understanding of Americanism within the US over the past two centuries, from the early republic to the war in Iraq. The second section provides perspectives from around the world in an effort to make sense of how the national creed and its critics have shaped diplomacy, war, and global culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. Contributors include Mia Bay, Melani McAlister, Alan McPherson, Louis Menand, and Alan Wolfe, among others. What is Americanism? The contributors to this volume recognize Americanism in all its complexity--as an ideology, an articulation of the nation's rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, a political language, and a cultural style imbued with political meaning. In response to the pervasive vision of Americanism as a battle cry or a smug assumption, this collection of essays stirs up new questions and debates that challenge us to rethink the model currently being exported, too often by force, to the rest of the world. Crafted by a cast of both rising and renowned intellectuals from three continents, the twelve essays in this volume are divided into two sections. The first group of essays addresses the understanding of Americanism within the United States over the past two centuries, from the early republic to the war in Iraq. The second section provides perspectives from around the world in an effort to make sense of how the national creed and its critics have shaped diplomacy, war, and global culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Approaching a controversial ideology as both scholars and citizens, many of the essayists call for a revival of the ideals of Americanism in a new progressive politics that can bring together an increasingly polarized and fragmented citizenry. Contributors: Mia Bay, Rutgers University Jun Furuya, Hokkaido University, Japan Gary Gerstle, University of Maryland Jonathan M. Hansen, Harvard University Michael Kazin, Georgetown University Rob Kroes, University of Amsterdam Melani McAlister, The George Washington University Joseph A. McCartin, Georgetown University Alan McPherson, Howard University Louis Menand, Harvard University Mae M. Ngai, University of Chicago Robert Shalhope, University of Oklahoma Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University Alan Wolfe, Boston College

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. I. Whose America?
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. See Your Declaration Americans!!!: Abolitionism, Americanism, and the Revolutionary Tradition in Free Black Politics
  2. pp. 25-52
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  1. Anticipating Americanism: An Individual Perspective on Republicanism in the Early Republic
  2. pp. 53-72
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  1. True Americanism: Progressive Era Intellectuals and the Problem of Liberal Nationalism
  2. pp. 73-89
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  1. The American Century of Henry R. Luce
  2. pp. 90-107
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  1. The Unlovely Residue of Outworn Prejudices: The Hart-Celler Act and the Politics of Immigration Reform, 1945–1965
  2. pp. 108-127
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  1. In the Shadow of Vietnam: Liberal Nationalism and the Problem of War
  2. pp. 128-152
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  1. Religious Diversity: The American Experiment That Works
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. II. Americanism in the World
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. Americanism against American Empire
  2. pp. 169-191
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  1. Japanese Intellectuals Define America, from the 1920s through World War II
  2. pp. 192-204
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  1. The Promise of Freedom, the Friend of Authority: American Culture in Postwar France
  2. pp. 205-220
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  1. French Views of American Modernity: From Text to Subtext
  2. pp. 221-241
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  1. Suffering Sisters? American Feminists and the Problem of Female Genital Surgeries
  2. pp. 242-262
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-279
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