By David Russo

This examine is the 1st interpretive textual content for the examine of yank exceptionalism and the 1st total evaluate of geographic, political, monetary, social, and cultural elements of the yank earlier written from an international point of view. Russo argues that lifestyles within the usa could be higher understood whether it is tested from both a much broader perspective-the English conversing global, 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 ideas have been quickly copied by way of others. hence, Russo argues, they're not fantastically American.

Using countries because the foundation for fields of analysis can either show and deform the old checklist. whilst one considers diversified views, America's distinctiveness recedes in significance. American tradition was once a version of a much broader Western tradition. the yank economic system was once an extension of Western capitalism, no matter if agrarian, advertisement, or commercial. American society was once a Western society with racial castes and multi-ethnic additions to the inhabitants. American govt functioned like different Western governments, in spite of leading edge varieties: Republican, then democratic. the yankee previous is hence noticeable to be a ways much less specified than prior syntheses have assumed.

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