New PDF release: American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC)

By Wilber W. Caldwell

ISBN-10: 0875864686

ISBN-13: 9780875864686

While does nationwide delight move the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism? Nationalism isn't special to the United States: it used to be invented with the start of recent international locations. yet nationalism is exclusive in the United States. americans conceive themselves and their country to be incontrovertibly stronger to the opposite peoples and international locations of the earth. traditionally, American notions of superiority spring from myths of the original regenerative energy of the hot land; from visions of chosen-ness, project and excessive future; from the indelible legends of frontier self-sufficiency; from the arrogance and self-reliance had to prevail as immigrants; from a robust experience of America's isolation and specialty; from the conclusion of abundance; and at last from the perceived universality of yank ideology. This predisposes us to a distinctively virulent pressure of nationalism not like that present in virtually the other smooth country. because the unipolar second fades into reminiscence, this feeling of unquestionable superiority - expressed via politics and international coverage - doesn't play good prior to the worldwide viewers. actually, it by no means did. In the USA at the present time, notions of nationwide superiority are way more deeply ingrained and much extra probably ruinous than so much folks think. this can be a trip that slides from cause to emotion, from person liberty to mass tyranny, and from humanity to inhumanity. Drawing on assets from in the educational disciplines of background, sociology, political technology and international affairs, the writer seeks to decode scholarly jargon and lay naked this nook of the yank brain. * Wilber W. Caldwell is the writer of numerous books of social remark that examine American society via numerous lenses together with historical past, structure, nutrients and philosophy. prior titles contain The Courthouse and the Depot: The structure of desire in an Age of melancholy, a examine of railroad growth and its impact on public structure within the rural South 1833-1910; looking for the Dixie barbeque: trips into the Southern Psyche, a funny examine the area of fish fry and modern rural Southern tradition; and Cynicism and the Evolution of the yank Dream. A photographer in addition to a author, he lives within the mountains of northern Georgia.

Show description

Read Online or Download American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC) PDF

Similar social science books

Download PDF by Ralph Fevre, Duncan Lewis, Amanda Robinson, Trevor Jones: Trouble at Work

Difficulty within the place of work - if it is bullying, harassment or over the top rigidity - has lengthy been a favored subject within the headlines. but the learn and data which are stated in those discussions usually turn out unreliable. In 'Trouble at Work', Ralph Fevre attracts on complete facts and surveys to collect a clearer, extra balanced photo of our places of work at the present time.

The Culture of Speed: The Coming of Immediacy - download pdf or read online

'John Tomlinson's new booklet is a call for participation to an event. It features a invaluable key to release the doorways into the unmapped and unexplored cultural and moral situation of 'immediacy'. with out this key suggestion to any extent further it's going to no longer be attainable to make experience of the social lifestyles of our occasions and its ambivalences' - Prof Dr Ulrich Beck, college of Munich 'Tomlinson's examine is a so much welcome, stimulating and hard exploration of the cultural impression and value of pace in complicated glossy societies.

Download e-book for kindle: Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto by Taiaiake Alfred

This visionary manifesto, first released in 1999, has considerably superior our realizing of First Nations' matters. Taiaiake Alfred demands the indigenous peoples of North the US to maneuver past their 500-year heritage of soreness, loss, and colonization, and circulation ahead to the truth of self-determination.

Download PDF by Peter Clinton, Mark Rogers: Rights and Protest: IB History Course Book: Oxford IB

Force severe, engaged old studying. aiding beginners extra deeply comprehend historic techniques, the student-centred strategy of this new direction booklet allows broader, tremendous photograph realizing. constructed without delay with the IB and completely helping the recent syllabus for first exam 2017, the transparent, established structure is helping you logically and simply growth in the course of the new path content material.

Additional resources for American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC)

Sample text

156 Later Jonathan Edwards would speak of American Puritanism as “the glorious renovator of the world,” and the nation would be quick to seize on the phrase with broad reference to liberty, democracy, and equality. ”158 Even Alexander Hamilton 154. 155. 156. 157. Cahoone, Modernism to Postmodernism, 127. Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 5. Bartiz, “God’s Country and American Know-How,” 474. John Adams, Notes for “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law” (1765). 160 At the time of the Revolution, notions of the universality of the American cause were not limited to New World thinkers.

Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 21. 40 Chapter 4: Chosen-ness, Mission, and Destiny In this regard, Max Weber’s insights into the birth of Protestantism are apt. 154 This goes a long way toward explaining the hasty American refashioning of religious providential destiny into a purely secular force. In the American mind, material progress and the natural abundance of the land gave testament to the new nation’s divine sanction. ” THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD For an ideal to become a sacred mission, to unify and bind a nation, to inspire unflinching service above all other ideals, it must be perceived as a universal truth.

Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 127. 171. Krakau, Introduction to American Nation, 12. 172. Woodrow Wilson, Congressional Record, 66th Congress, 1st Session, 2339, quoted in Weinberg, Manifest Destiny, 470. 173. Weinberg, Manifest Destiny, 460. 43 American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority secular intellectual shift was followed by the discovery of the New World in the fifteenth century, the Reformation in the sixteenth and the scientific revolution in the seventeenth. In the wake of it all, the European mind was profoundly altered.

Download PDF sample

American Narcissism: The Myth of National Superiority (HC) by Wilber W. Caldwell


by Ronald
4.5

Rated 4.62 of 5 – based on 25 votes