The Development of the United States from Colonies to a World Power

The Development of the United States from Colonies to a World Power

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The Development of the United States from Colonies to a World Power

The Development of the United States from Colonies to a World Power

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For over thirty years a new spirit has been gradually making its way into the study and interpretation of American history and taking other than political and military events into consideration. After the appearance of Bryce's American Commonwealth (1888), when instituting a comparison of this work with de Tocqueville's, Émile Boutmy wrote: "En un mot les États-Unis sont avant tout une société économique; ils ne sont qu'à titre secondaire une société historique et politique." McMaster's History of the People of the United States (1883) and Roosevelt's Winning of the West (1889) were indicative of the new history, while the greatest influence upon recent study has been exerted by Professor Frederick J. Turner through his classes and in his writings. Of the latter none has been more important than "The Influence of the Frontier in American History," which appeared in the Annual Report of the American Historical Association for 1893.

When the traditional, or conventional, point of view is once departed from, the most conspicuous, as well as the most significant, feature . . .

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