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By Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley

ISBN-10: 0748626026

ISBN-13: 9780748626021

Will the twenty-first century be the subsequent American Century? Will American strength and ideas dominate the globe within the coming years? Or is the status of the USA prone to fall apart underneath the strain of recent overseas challenges?This ground-breaking e-book explores the altering styles of yank concept and tradition on the sunrise of the hot millennium, while the world's richest state hasn't ever been extra robust or extra arguable. It brings jointly one of the most eminent North American and ecu thinkers to enquire the an important matters and demanding situations dealing with the us throughout the early years of our new century.From the subterranean political shifts underneath the electoral panorama to the newest biomedical advances, from the literary reaction to 11th of September to the increase of truth tv, this ebook explores the political, social and cultural contours of up to date American lifestyles - however it additionally locations the us inside a world narrative of trade, cultural trade, overseas international relations, ideological clash and battle. those eighteen new essays tackle such urgent matters as management, overseas coverage, propaganda, faith, health and wellbeing, know-how, immigration, 11th of September tradition and electronic media. trying to find the roots of our modern issues, the authors glance again to the Clinton years or even prior classes of twentieth-century American existence. yet additionally they wait for the hot horizons of the century to come back - to the unanticipated hazards of an international destiny and to the hovering probabilities of American company and mind's eye.

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Forward defence’ in Afghanistan gave way to an approach that embodied more strongly the theme of democracy-promotion/imposition. The shift to a democracypromoting rhetoric, seen at its most spectacular in Bush’s second inaugural 39 AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY address of January 2005, was also unquestionably connected to the failure to unearth weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. However, the notion of leadership defended by the administration after 9/11 always combined the new nationalist (with ‘American interests’ defined more expansively than before 9/11) and the neoconservative versions of global leadership.

They could also reassure themselves that for all the failings of the Bush administration, the ideas that underpinned political and economic conservatism remained alive and well. Across the political spectrum, in fact, Reagan’s prescription of free markets, low taxes and patriotic populism was widely accepted. In this context, the Democrats’ gains in the 2006 mid-terms actually made oddly depressing news for old-fashioned liberals. In almost every major initiative or referendum, voters opted for the most conservative option on the ballot, the exceptions being in Missouri, where they approved stem cell research, and minimum-wage initiatives.

Fifteen years before, his old Democratic opponents had congratulated themselves that they had seen the last of their most dangerous adversary. Little did they know that he would cast such a long shadow. NOTES 1. New York Times, 11 June 2004, 12 June 2004. 2. The Times, 12 June 2004. 3. htm. On The Greatest American, see New York Times, 7 July 2005. 4. Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2006. 5. See, for example, Thomas Byrne Edsall and Mary Edsall, Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics (New York, NY: Norton, 1991); Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (New York, NY: Metropolitan, 2004).

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