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Why the American Century?

ISBN-10: 0226994627

ISBN-13: 9780226994628

Edition: 1998

Authors: Olivier Zunz

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Reinterpreting our country's rise to world power, Olivier Zunz shows how American elites appropriated the twentieth century. Policymakers, corporate managers, engineers, scientists, and social scientists promoted a social contract of abundance and a controversial theory of pluralism. Their efforts created a model of middle class behavior for America and for the rest of the world. "It should certainly be the task of historians to explain the nation's triumphs as effectively as they have explained its failures, and Zunz in this intelligent, learned and ambitious book suggests a valuable new model for doing so."--Alan Brinkley, Times Literary Supplement "Zunz is evenhanded in his judgments. . . . His thesis is both imaginative and well grounded in the appropriate sources."--David M. Oshinsky, New York Times Book Review "Zunz is an innovative and perceptive social critic. He crosses disciplinary boundaries with ease and felicity, and is particularly adept at illustrating large themes with unusual but telling details."--Kent Blaser, American Studies "An eye-opening introduction to the shaping of modern America."--Foreign Affairs
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Olivier Zunz is the Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of "Why the American Century?", "Making America Corporate", and "The Changing Face of Inequality".

Preface: "The New Colossus"
Making the Century American
Producers, Brokers, and Users of Knowledge
Defining Tools of Social Intelligence
Inventing the Average American
The Social Contract of the Market
Turning out Consumers
Deradicalizing Class
Embattled Identities
From Voluntarism to Pluralism
Enlarging the Polity
Exporting American Principles
Individualism and Modernization
The Power of Uncertainty
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index