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Jim Cullen

Democratic Empire

The United States Since 1945

€ 90.15

A brief survey of U.S. history since the end of World War II, focusing on popular beliefs, fears, and hopes that have shaped American culture and history over the last eight decades.

Taal / Language : English



Prelude: The Imperial Logic of the American Dream

Part I / The Postwar Decades

Chapter 1 / Victory and Anxiety: World War and Cold War, 1945-1962

From Colony to Colonizer: American Rise to Globalism

The Wages of War: Triumph over Germany and Japan

First Frost: Dawn of the Cold War

Seeing Red: The Cold War at Home

Playing with Dominoes: Cold War Proxy Fights

Cold War Showdown: Cuba

Culture Watch: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955/56)

Chapter 2 / Conformity and Rebellion: American Culture and Politics, 1945-1963

The Best Worst Time: Early Postwar Years

Boom! The Postwar Economy Explodes

Rising Suburbs: Life on the Crabgrass Frontier

Restless in the Promised Land: Suburbia s Critics

Free Movement: Early Civil Rights Struggles

Big Bangs: Fifties Youth Culture

Culture Watch: A Raisin in the Sun (1959)

Part II / The Long Sixties

Chapter 3 / Confidence and Agitation: The American Empire at High Tide, 1960-1965

Dishing: The Kitchen Debate as Domestic Squabble

American Prince: JFK

Grand Expectations: The Birth of the Sixties

Overcoming: The Civil Rights Movement Crests

Voices: Popular Culture of the Early Sixties

Countercurrents: Civil Rights Skeptics

Lone Star Rising: The LBJ Moment

Flanking Maneuver: Johnson in Vietnam

Fissures: Democratic Fault Lines

Culture Watch: The Times They Are a-Changin (1962)

Chapter 4 / Fulfillment and Anger: The American Empire in Conflict, 1965-1974

Over the Moon: Winning the Space Race

Imperial Quagmire: The Vietnam Wars

Down from the Mountaintop: The Civil Rights Movement

Turning Point: 1968

Right Rising: The Return of Richard Nixon

Women s Work: The Feminist Movement

Rainbows: Rights Revolutions

Grim Peace: Endgame in Vietnam

Crooked Justice: The Triumph and Fall of Nixon

Culture Watch: Easy Rider (1969)

Chapter 5 / Experimentation and Exhaustion: Political Culture of the Sixties, 1965-1974

The Great Divide: Establishment and Counterculture

(de)Construction Sites: The Rise of Postmodernism

System Failure: The Reorganization of Hollywood

Medium Dominant: Television

Fit Print: Publishing

Kingdom of Rebels: The Reign of Rock

Culture Watch: Chuckles the Clown Bites the Dust, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1975)


Chapter 6 / Reassessment and Nostalgia: The American Empire at Bay, 1973-1981

1973: Hinge of American History

Apocalypse Now: The New Gloom

Depressingly Decent: Ford and Carter

Solitary Refinement: The Me Decade

Body Politics: Gender and Its Discontents

Rebellion and Revival: Pop Culture of the Late Seventies

Right Signal: The Conservative Turn

Culture Watch: Taxi Driver (1976)

Part III / Indian Summer

Chapter 7 / Revival and Denial: The American Empire on Borrowed Time 1981-1991

Right Man: The Age of Reagan

Making the Cut: Reaganomics

Breaking Ice: Reagan and the Cold War

Headwinds: Second Term Blues

For God s Sake: Social Conservatives

Left Ahead: The Legacy of the Sixties in the Eighties

Swan Song: Reagan and the Soviets

41: The (First) Bush Years

Freely Intervening: U.S. as Sole Superpower

Culture Watch: The House on Mango Street (1984)

Chapter 8 / Innovation and Sentiment: The Culture of the Eighties, 1981-1991

Small Transformations: The Rise of the Personal Computer

Consuming Pleasures: Old Fashions, New Gadgets

Seeing Music: MTV

Yo! Black Culture and the Birth of Hip-Hop

Bourne in the USA: Dissident Voices

Culture Watch: The Message (1982)

Chapter 9 / Distraction and Prosperity: The Post-Cold War Era, 1992-2001

Opposing Justice: The Hill-Thomas Imbroglio

Not Black & White: The Changing Colors of Race

Thug Life: Gangsta Rap

Running Saga: The O.J. Simpson Case

Family Matters: Demography and the Assault on Patriarchy

Culture War: The Fall of George Bush

Comeback Kid: The Rises and Falls of Bill Clinton

La Vida Loca: The Roaring Nineties

Tech Sec: Toward the Internet

Recount: The 2000 Election

Culture Watch: Exile in Guyville (1993)

Part IV / Present Tense

Chapter 10 / Comfort and Dread: The American Empire in Decline, 2001-

Towering Collapse: 9/11

Unknown Unknowns: The Iraq War

Spending Resources: The Debt Society

Bushed: Second-Term Blues

Downloading: 21st Century Pop Culture

Posting: Web 2.0

Freely Unequal: The Tottering U.S. Economy

Audacious Hopes: The Rise of Barack Obama

Future History: The Past as Present

Culture Watch: Made in America, The Sopranos (2007)

Postlude: The Ends of the American Century



Extra informatie: 
392 pagina's
Januari 2016
588 gram
235 x 158 x 25 mm
John Wiley & Sons gb

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