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A Political History of the USA (2nd Edition)

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This book is an engaging account of US history from the first European contact with the 'New World' to the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Bruce Kuklick's straightforward yet authoritative narrative takes students through...

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This book is an engaging account of US history from the first European contact with the 'New World' to the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Bruce Kuklick's straightforward yet authoritative narrative takes students through the complexities of US history without oversimplifying of requiring prior knowledge. Placing politics in the context of religious culture and exploring America's assertive expansion throughout history, A Political History of the USA is supported by wide-ranging examples, vivid extracts from primary sources, maps and illustrations which illuminate the main text. The historical narrative it presents is concise, nuanced and sharply drawn. Offering a compelling yet balanced account of US political, cultural and religious history, this is essential reading for undergraduate students of History and American Studies. 

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  • Distinctive in offering an argument-led narrative overview, focused on politics and religion
  • Incorporates cultural history and figures
  • Uses the country's history to give fresh insight into its contemporary events and issues
  • Concise, covering over 5 centuries in under 400 pages
  • Very student-friendly: readable and accessible, without jargon or excessive detail
  • Considers the US in the context of its wider global connections
  • Contains numerous maps and illustrations including photographs, paintings and cartoons

  • More emphasis on the religious dimensions of the American story, explaining the continuing relevance of evangelical Christians
  • A new chapter on the period since 2008
  • Incorporation of new research
  • Discussion of the paradox of modernism and religion in America
  • A revised bibliography, including more `classic' works
Introduction
PART I RELIGIOUS LONGINGS
1. The Impact of the Europeans, 1494-1676
2. The North American Colonies, 1632-1732
PART II THE REVOLUTION AND THE CONSTITUTION
3. The Colonies in the Empire, 1651-1774
4. War and Order, 1775-1787
The Culture of Politics, 1788-1826
PART III IRREPRESSIBLE CONFLICT
6. Experiments in Republicanism, 1783-1832
7. Nationalism, Sectionalism and Slavery, 1820-1861
8. Lincoln and the Civil War, 1858-1865
PART IV REPUBLICAN ASCENDENCY
9. A New Elite, 1865-1896
10. A New Empire, 1890-1917
11. Progressive America, 1900-1920
12. Crises of Progressive Capitalism, 1919-1933
PART V AMERICAN LIBERALISM
13. The Cosmopolitan New Deal, 1933-1945
14. Cold War America, 1945-1963
15. The Long 1960s, 1954-1974
PART VI CONTEMPORARY AMERICA
16. Cultural Division and Cultural Imperialism, 1968-2000
17. An Age of Terror, 1991-2016
Epilogue: America in History. 

A readable and provocative political history of the United States that puts religion and culture at the heart of the narrative. – Andrew Heath, University of Sheffield, UK
The first edition of A Political History of the United States was excellent as a succinct but authoritative account of American history from the colonial period to the present. The revisions for this edition have made the book even better. – Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame, USA
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Bruce Kuklick is Nichols Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of books in American diplomatic, political, intellectual, and sports history. In 2004 he was elected to the American Philosophical Society.


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Bruce Kuklick is Nichols Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of books in American diplomatic, political, intellectual, and sports history. In 2004 he was elected to the American Philosophical Society.


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