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A Companion to 20th-Century America

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5652-3
582 pages
February 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to 20th-Century America is an authoritative survey of the most important topics and themes of twentieth-century American history and historiography.

  • Contains 29 original essays by leading scholars, each assessing the past and current state of American scholarship
  • Includes thematic essays covering topics such as religion, ethnicity, conservatism, foreign policy, and the media, as well as essays covering major time periods
  • Identifies and discusses the most influential literature in the field, and suggests new avenues of research, as the century has drawn to a close
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Notes on the contributors.

Introduction (Stephen J. Whitfield).

PART I: Time-Frames.

1. 1900-1914 (Eugene E. Leach).

2. 1914-1929 (Glen Gendzel).

3. 1929-1941 (Michael E. Parrish).

4. 1941-1950 (Allan M. Winkler).

5. 1950-1960 (Richard M. Fried).

6. 1960-1974 (Jama Lazerow).

7. 1974-1988 (Leo P. Ribuffo).

8. 1988-2000 (Steven M. Gillon).

PART II: Places.

9. The South (Raymond Arsenault).

10. The West (Anne M. Butler).

11. The Environment (Paul S. Sutter).

12. The City (Jon C. Teaford).

PART III: People.

13. Immigration (Roger Daniels).

14. Ethnicity (Hasia R. Diner).

15. Labor (Joseph A. McCartin).

16. Race (Reed Ueda).

17. Women (June Sochen).

PART IV: The Polity and The Economy.

18. The Military (Jerry Cooper).

19. Foreign Policy (Justus D. Doenecke).

20. Consumption (Charles MCGovern).

21. Law (Norman L. Rosenberg).

22. Business (David B. Sicilia).

PART V: Images and "ISMS".

23. Journalism and Broadcasting (James L. Baughman).

24. Religion (Charles H. Lippy).

25. Ideas (Wilfred M. McClay).

26. Science and Technology (Carroll Pursell).

27. Conservatism (Edward S. Shapiro).

28. Liberalism (Hans Vorlander).

29. The Visual Arts (Douglas Tallack).

Bibliography.

Index.

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Stephen J. Whitfield is Professor of American Studies at Brandeis University where he holds the Max Richter Chair in American Civilization. Among other works, he is the author of Into the Dark: Hannah Arendt and Totalitarianism (1980), A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till (1988), and The Culture of the Cold War (1991, 1996). He has published widely in modern political and intellectual history, and particularly in American Jewish history.
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  • An authoritative historiographical volume that surveys the history of America in the 20th century
  • Contains 29 original essays by leading scholars, each assessing the past and current state of American scholarship
  • Includes thematic essays covering topics such as religion, ethnicity, conservatism, foreign policy, and the media, as well as essays covering major time periods
  • Identifies and discusses the most influential literature in the field, and suggests new avenues of research, as the century has drawn to a close
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"This superb book is a treasure and a delight. Penetrating interpretive essays by almost thirty distinguished historians offer thoughtful perspectives on a turbulent century that brought sweeping changes to the United States even as the nation surged to global dominance. A Companion to 20th-century America is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the forces that have shaped contemporary America." Paul S. Boyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison <!--end-->


"This is an important contribution to our understanding of modern American history, with illuminating contributions by many first-rate American historians." Richard Pells, University of Texas-Austin


"An indispensable book for anyone who wants to learn what America’s best historians have written about the American century and its critics. The breadth of topics is dazzling, and fresh insights appear on nearly every page." Michael Kazin, Georgetown University

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