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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of the United States

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781403913777
Publication Date December 2002
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Essential Histories series

This highly readable introductory guide provides a lucid and authoritative account of the course of American history, discussing political, social, economic and cultural developments. Major themes examined include the relationship between territorial expansion and political history, the critical role of ethnic and racial conflict, and the shifting centres of gravity in American geography. For this new edition, Philip Jenkins reviews the events of the last decade - most notably the development of the Internet economy and the course of the Clinton presidency - and brings the story up-to-date with an analysis of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath.

PHILIP JENKINS is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

List of Tables
List of Maps
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Unnamed Lands: The European Settlement, 1492-1765
Revolution and Nation Building, 1765-1825
Expansion and Crisis, 1825-65
Cities and Industry, 1865-1917
War and Globalism, 1917-56
The Modern Era, 1956-96
Appendix: Declaration of Independence
Further Reading


'Philip Jenkins has written much more than a textbook and lived up to the series' avowed aim of providing 'compact, readable and informative' national histories.' - John Kentleton, American Studies Today
Review of first edition
'To write a history of the United States in some 300 pages constitutes a formidable task of compression...Philip Jenkins has, however, managed to produce a book which is a useful introduction to the complex history of a major state, yet is genuinely an interpretative synthesis, weaving the work of countless historians into a well-structured account of the development of the USA in which the author's own informed opinions provide the organising framework.' - A.W. Purdue, Immigrants and Minorities
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