By David Russo

This examine is the 1st interpretive textual content for the research of yank exceptionalism and the 1st total evaluate of geographic, political, fiscal, social, and cultural elements of the yank prior written from a world standpoint. Russo argues that existence within the usa should be higher understood whether it is tested from both a much broader perspective-the English conversing international, the Western Hemisphere, Western Civilization-or a narrower perspective-regional and native adaptations. even if the american citizens have been innovative-in their multi-ethnic and multi-racial society, of their egalitarian social ideals, of their political democracy-their concepts have been quickly copied by means of others. as a result, Russo argues, they're now not relatively American.

Using international locations because the foundation for fields of research can either demonstrate and warp the old list. whilst one considers diversified views, America's specialty recedes in value. American tradition was once a variation of a much wider Western tradition. the yankee economic climate used to be an extension of Western capitalism, even if agrarian, advertisement, or commercial. American society was once a Western society with racial castes and multi-ethnic additions to the inhabitants. American executive functioned like different Western governments, regardless of cutting edge varieties: Republican, then democratic. the yank prior is therefore noticeable to be some distance much less unique than earlier syntheses have assumed.

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