American History from a Global Perspective: An Interpretation

Synopsis

This study is the first "interpretive text" for the study of American "exceptionalism" and the first overall assessment of geographic, political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the American past written from a global perspective. Russo argues that life in the United States can be better understood if it is examined from either a wider perspective-the English speaking world, the Western Hemisphere, Western Civilization-or a narrower perspective-regional and local variations. Even when the Americans were innovative-in their multi-ethnic and multi-racial society, in their egalitarian social beliefs, in their political democracy-their innovations were soon copied by others. Therefore, as Russo argues, they are no longer distinctly American.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000