America Through Foreign Eyes: Classic Interpretations Of American Political Life

Paperback | December 15, 2001

byJames Barrett Lamb

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The chapters in this volume address the issue of why and how foreign observers view American politics the way they do. By including selections from five of the most widely cited foreign observers of American politics and history, this volume not only provides and engaging historical overviewof American democracy, but also directs attention to how and why these interpretations inform debate today. Included in the volume are excerpts from classic texts by Alexis de Tocqueville, James Bryce, Gunnar Myrdal, Harold Laski, and Simone de Beauvoir.

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The chapters in this volume address the issue of why and how foreign observers view American politics the way they do. By including selections from five of the most widely cited foreign observers of American politics and history, this volume not only provides and engaging historical overviewof American democracy, but also directs atten...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.4 inPublished:December 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195412291

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Preface1. America Through Foreign Eyes2. The Future Unfolding in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835, 1840)3. The Careful Empiricist: James Bryce, The American Commonwealth (1888)4. Understanding America's Greatest Failure: Gunnar Myrdal An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and American Democracy (1994)5. The Europeanization of America? Harold J. Laski, The American Democracy (1948)6. The Ambivalent Sojourner: Simone de Beauvoir, America Day by Day (1948)