Time No Longer

Time No Longer

Americans After the American Century

eBook - 2013
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Yale University
Why America’s founding myths no longer apply, and why we must reconsider the facts of our history

Americans cherish their national myths, some of which predate the country’s founding. But the time for illusions, nostalgia, and grand ambition abroad has gone by, Patrick Smith observes in this original book. Americans are now faced with a choice between a mythical idea of themselves, their nation, and their global “mission,” on the one hand, and on the other an idea of America that is rooted in historical consciousness. To cling to old myths will ensure America’s decline, Smith warns. He demonstrates with deep historical insight why a fundamentally new perspective and self-image are essential if the United States is to find its place in the twenty-first century.

In four illuminating essays, Smith discusses America’s unusual (and dysfunctional) relation with history; the Spanish-American War and the roots of American imperial ambition; the Cold War years and the effects of fear and power on the American psyche; and the uneasy years from 9/11 to the present. Providing a new perspective on our nation’s current dilemmas, Smith also offers hope for change through an embrace of authentic history.



Baker & Taylor
Argues that the United States' founding myths no longer apply, and explains why Americans must reconsider the facts of their history.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780300195293
030019529X
9780300176568
0300176562
1299546528
9781299546523
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 231 pages)

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