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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Political History of the USA

One Nation Under God

ISBN 9780230221369
Publication Date September 2009
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

A fresh and engaging account of America's history from the 15th century to the 21st that navigates complexities without oversimplifying or assuming prior knowledge. Kuklick focuses on politics, but places this in the context of religious culture and emphasizes the assertive expansion at the heart of the development of the U.S. 

  • Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2010

BRUCE KUKLICK is Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, UK. He is the author of ten books in the fields of American diplomatic, political, diplomatic, intellectual and sports history, including Churchmen and Philosophers: Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey, The Rise of American Philosophy:Cambridge Massachusetts, l860-l930, Philosophy in America, 1720-2000 and To Every Thing a Season:Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia. He has also received every teaching award offered by the University of Pennsylvania.

Introduction
PART I: MAKING A STATE
The European Impact in America, 1494-1676
North American Colonies, 1632-1732
The Colonies in the Empire, 1651-1774
War and Order, 1775-1787
PART II: CONSOLIDATING THE POWER OF THE STATE
The Culture of Politics, 1788-1826
From Coexistence to Expansion, 1783-1832
Nationalism, Sectionalism, and Slavery, 1820-1861
Lincoln and the Civil War, 1858-1865
The Sections Integrated: South, West, and Northeast, 1865-1896
PART III: THE AMERICAN STATE AND THE WORLD
The New Empire, 1890-1917
Progressive America, 1900-1920
The Crises of Progressive Capitalism, 1919-1933
The Cosmopolitan New Deal in Depression and War, 1933 -1945
Cold War America, 1945-1963
PART IV: PERSONAL POLITICS AND THE STATE
The Long 1960s, 1954-1975
Cultural Divisions and Cultural Imperialism, 1968-2000
Epilogue: America in History, 2001 and After
Critical Suggestions for Reading and Study
Index.

Reviews

The book will be attractive to teachers and students who want an introductory survey of American political history that combines assured scholarship and accessible prose, and that – through admirable compression – keeps to a manageable length.' - Richard Cawardine, Rhodes Professor of American History, University of Oxford, UK
'How refreshing to encounter a textbook distinguished by a very un-textbook-like capacity to say what is most important about this or that historical episode rather than just 'covering' what everyone else covers. This is a wonderfully analytic, sharply formulated book that will give students direct access to what they most need to know.' - David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History, University of California, Berkeley, USA
'It might seem miraculous for a relatively short textbook by a single author to treat the entire political history of the United States with comprehensive thoroughness alongside lightly-worn learning and sparkling wit. But miracles do happen, and Bruce Kuklick has done it. Readers are in for a real treat from this book - both for what they will learn and for how Kuklick's carefully expressed judgments force them to think.' - Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, USA
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