A Requiem for the American Village by Paul K. ConkinA Requiem for the American Village by Paul K. Conkin

A Requiem for the American Village

byPaul K. Conkin

Hardcover | January 10, 2000

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In this long awaited volume, Paul Conkin, one of America's most distinguished intellectual historians, offers his commentary on almost every aspect of the American past. Delivered to a wide variety of audiences over more than a quarter of a century, these essays are simultaneously informal, profound, graceful, and self-revealing. A common theme shared by all the essays is the ambiguous results of our nation's transition from relatively homogeneous communities, villages, and regions to a cosmopolitan culture with a centralized, regulatory welfare state, and an increasingly mobile and pluralistic population. The village's sense of local autonomy has all but disappeared in the face of these trends. With an almost melancholy sense of what has been lost, Conkin charts the strains and tensions that have marked this incredible transition. But Conkin is also acutely aware of the necessities that have fueled these changes, as well as the many benefits of the new order, ranging from an unprecedented level of affluence to the full citizenship gained by minorities. A reluctant Southerner, Conkin has not forgotten the exclusivity, intolerance, and repression that often mark provincial communities. Conkin reflects on the historians' craft and the influence of his own past on the subjects he studies. A Requiem for the American Village is infused with Conkin's razor sharp sense of historical memory and historical consciousness. From the foundations of American government to the tensions of contemporary cultural pluralism, Paul Conkin offers powerful insights not only about the tortured history of the South, but the promises and pitfalls of the American experiment.
Paul K. Conkin is distinguished professor of history at Vanderbilt University.
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Title:A Requiem for the American VillageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.28 × 6.06 × 0.7 inPublished:January 10, 2000Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0847697363

ISBN - 13:9780847697366

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 History As a Discipline Chapter 2 Creating New Communities Chapter 3 The Road to a Regulatory and Welfare State Chapter 4 First Principles of American Government Chapter 5 The Dilemmas of Cultural Pluralism

From Our Editors

Rarely do history buffs, scholars and laymen get a chance to read such a brilliant collection of historical commentary as A Requiem for the American Village. Paul K. Conkin provides some of the most eloquent writing on United States history currently in print. While discussing a wide variety of subjects, all of the essays maintain the central theme of national transformation. The change of the United States from a collection of homogenous communities to a more cosmopolitan culture has no readily definable results. However, Conkin manages to derive innumerable insights throughout the memorable volume. 

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At a time when efficiently harnessing scholarship to one good cause or another is said to be the supreme test of its value, Conkin's candor and independent spirit provide us with a model to cherish and emulate.