Consensus, Conflict, and American Historians - Vol. 9

Consensus, Conflict, and American Historians - Vol. 9

Consensus, Conflict, and American Historians - Vol. 9

Consensus, Conflict, and American Historians - Vol. 9

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Studies relevant to this one have appeared continuously during the course of this inquiry and since its completion. Several articles which were published, or which I learned about, too late for consideration ought to be mentioned. Samuel P. Huntington, Paradigms of American Politics: Beyond the One, the Two, and the Many, Political Science Quarterly, 89 (March 1974), 1-26, is pertinent to chapter 3.James F. Ward, Toward a Sixth Party System? Partisanship and Political Realignment, Western Politi- cal Quarterly, 26 (September 1973), 385-413, disagrees with the views of Walter Dean Burnham presented in chapter 6. Howard J. Wiarda, Toward a Framework for the Study of Political Change in the Iberic-Latin Tradition: The Corporative Model, World Politics, 25 (January 1973), 206-35, and James Holt, Louis Hartz's Fragment Thesis, New Zealand Journal of History, 7 (April 1973), 3-11, are assessments of Hartz's fragmentation theory in regard to areas other than the United States--the kind of appraisal called for in chapter 8. Also relevant is James L. Sundquist's Dynamics of the Party System: Alignment and Realignment of Political Parties in the United States (Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution, 1973). Unlike Burnham, Sundquist foresees a reversal of the present ticket-splitting and a revival of party loyalties like those of the New Deal era.

History colleagues at Bowling Green State University to whom I am indebted are Lawrence Friedman, Gary Hess, James Graham, and John Resch, who criticized an earlier version of the manuscript, and Stuart Givens and William Rock, former chairmen, who provided constant encouragement. I wish to thank the students in my graduate seminar in American historiography for their fruitful discussions of much of this material as well as their identifying a number of useful sources. I should also like to express my gratitude to the Faculty Research Committee for a grant which enabled me to finish this study in the summer of 1973.

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