This America

This America

The Case for the Nation

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"Examines the dilemma of nationalism and the erosion of liberalism in the twenty-first century. At a time of much despair over the future of liberal democracy, Harvard historian Jill Lepore makes a stirring case for the nation... Since the end of the Cold War, Lepore writes, American historians have largely retreated from the idea of 'the nation,' in part because postmodernism has corroded faith in grand narratives, and in part because the rise of political nationalism has rendered it suspect and unpalatable. Bucking this trend, however, Lepore argues forcefully that the nation demands scrutiny. Without an honest reckoning with America's collective past, we will be at the mercy of unscrupulous demagogues who spin their own version of the national story for their own purposes. 'When serious historians abandon the study of the nation,' Lepore tellingly writes, 'nationalism doesn't die. Instead, it eats liberalism.' A trenchant work of political philosophy as well as a reclamation of America's national history, This America asks us to look our nation's sovereign past square in the eye to reveal not only a history of contradictions, but a path of promise for the future"--
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781631496417
Branch Call Number: 320.973 L558T 2019
Characteristics: 150 pages ; 19 cm


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Aug 14, 2019

"Right wrongs no man." - p.68

Aug 11, 2019

The United States was founded as an asylum and a refuge: a sanctuary. This was a form of patriotism. Thomas Paine in Common Sense called America “an asylum for mankind”


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