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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Contemporary America

ISBN 9780230216884
Publication Date June 2003
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Assuming no prior knowledge, Contemporary America provides a lively but learned introduction to the politics, society, economy, culture and international role of the USA at the start of the 21st century. Introductory chapters set the scene in terms of history and natural and human resources and a concluding chapter assesses the prospects for the future.

RUSSELL DUNCAN is Associate Professor at the English Institute, University of Copenhagen.

JOSEPH GODDARD teaches American Politics, Society and History at the English Institute, University of Copenhagen.

Land and People
The Political System
Religion, Education and Social Policy
The Economy
Foreign Policy
Prospects for the 21st Century


'[Reliable], well-read, balanced, clear, nicely-organized and smartly dressed...[A]nyone reading the volume - whether new student or experienced scholar - will come away from it better informed...' - Dale Carter, The Newsletter of the Nordic Assocation for American Studies
'Russell Duncan and Joseph Goddard write well and cover a great deal of ground in a text with high production values and a clear design...Contemporary America has the feel of Lonely Planet meets the Economist Intelligence Unit. It tells you all manner of things you ought to know, interspersed with an eclectic series of digressions that act as outings to the main journey. Photographs...supplement the lively pace of a cultural tour guide whose enthusiasm for broad themes and intriguing minutiae remains gloriously undiminished over 300 pages.' - Michael Foley, Times Higher Education Supplement
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