Nationalism in American Thought, 1930-1945

Nationalism in American Thought, 1930-1945

Nationalism in American Thought, 1930-1945

Nationalism in American Thought, 1930-1945

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The Rand McNally Series on the History of American Thought and Culture aims to fill the need for synthesis through a series of short, readable volumes covering broad , chronological periods. No such synthesis now exists in spite of the fact that the history of American thought and culture, although a relatively new area for scholarly inquiry, has had an enormous and rapid growth. The written histories are legion, and every college and university has a course or two in social, intellectual or cultural history. An increasing number have a plethora of courses embraced by American studies or American Civilization programs. Despite this flourishing condition, there are no new general surveys which cover the whole history, and only a few such works even by pioneers in the field. The cause lies in the fact that a particularly strong variety of viral specialization afflicted intellectual history before it ever established any boundaries as a field. Consequently, it developed neither orthodox approach, traditional organization nor core of accepted subject matter "to be covered." The "generalists" opened up the field, but now only specialists are cultivating isolated segments of it. Thus, most of the recent work even of a survey nature has been either topical, as defined by social institutions, or conceptual, limited by period, subject or sources. These approaches have proved very effective means for scholars to organize . . .

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