America's Three Regimes : A New Political History: A New Political History

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Oxford University Press, USA, 26. 9. 2007 - Počet stran: 384
When historians take the long view, they look at "ages" or "eras" (the Age of Jackson, the Progressive Era). But these time spans last no longer than a decade or so. In this groundbreaking new book, Morton Keller divides our nation's history into three regimes, each of which lasts many, many decades, allowing us to appreciate, as never before, the slow steady evolution of American public life. Americans like to think of our society as eternally young and effervescent. But the reality is very different. A proper history of America must be as much about continuity, persistence, and evolution as about transformation and revolution. To provide this proper history, Keller groups America's past into three long regimes--Deferential and Republican, from the colonial period to the 1820s; Party and Democratic, from the 1830s to the 1930s; and Populist and Bureaucratic, from the 1930s to the present. This approach yields many new insights. We discover, for instance, that the history of colonial America, the Revolution, and the Early Republic is a more unified story than usually assumed. The Civil War, industrialization, and the Progressive era did relatively little to alter the character of the democratic-party regime that lasted from the 1830s to the 1930s. And the populist-bureaucratic regime in which we live today has seen changes in politics, government, and law as profound as those that occurred in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. As Keller underscores the sheer staying power of America's public institutions, he sheds light on current concerns as well: in particular, will the current political polarization continue or will more moderate forces prevail. Here then is a major contribution to United States history--an entirely new way to look at our past, our present, and our future--packed with provocative and original observations about American public life.
 

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Old Ways and New
10
The Republican Revolution
22
From Factions to Parties
41
THE PARTYDEMOCRATIC REGIME The Democratic Polity
66
The Culture of Democratic Party Politics
70
Governing a Democratic Polity
87
Crisis
104
THE PARTYDEMOCRATIC REGIME The Industrial Polity
132
The Progressive Interlude
173
THE POPULISTBUREAUCRATIC REGIME
200
The Rise of the PopulistBureaucratic Regime
206
Bureaucracy and Democracy
230
Populism and Party
258
Today and Tomorrow
280
Notes
300
Index
320

The Age of the Politicos
134
A State of Parties and Courts
150

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Strana 1 - Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Strana 16 - ... our allegiance binds us not to the laws of England any longer than while we live in England, for the laws of the parliament of England reach no further, nor do the king's writs under the great seal go any further; what the orders of state may belongs not in us to determine.

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