Klaus P. Fischer's America in White, Black, and Gray: A History of the Stormy PDF

By Klaus P. Fischer

From the experiences of Nazi Germany

"The most sensible one-volume background of the 3rd Reich available.It fills a void which has existed for a very long time and it'll most likely develop into the fundamental textual content for generations of students."—Walter Laqueur

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No decade because the finish of worldwide struggle II has been as seminal in its ancient importance because the Nineteen Sixties. That stormy interval unleashed a number of pent-up social and generational conflicts that had no longer been skilled because the Civil conflict: extreme racial and ethnic strife, chilly struggle terror, the Vietnam warfare, counter-cultural protests, arguable social engineering, and political rancor.

Numerous experiences on quite a few elements of those matters were written over the last 35 years, yet few have so effectively built-in the many-sided parts right into a coherent, man made, and trustworthy e-book that mixes solid storytelling with sound scholarly research. the most fabrics coated would be the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies; the Civil Rights stream; the Vietnam conflict and the protest it generated; the hot Left, scholar radicals, and Black scholar militancy; and, eventually, the counter-cultural facet of the 60s: hippies, intercourse and Rock 'n' Roll.

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In place of discredited ideologies and failed causes, pragmatic liberals claimed to offer a genuine alternative: moderate, centrist, tolerant, flexible, and realistic. The term ideology became a byword for intellectual intolerance and was reserved for those who had given their hearts and minds to totalitarian doctrines. In 1959 Daniel Bell published a widely read book that announced in its title The End of Ideology, tacitly implying that liberalism was not an ideology but presumably a set of flexible doctrines that merely produced useful results and could be discarded in favor of new strategies when the old one no longer worked.

Yet throughout American history one could always detect a pulsating energy that had its source in a distinct national creed. Until now, this centripetal force has been able to overcome the various centrifugal forces pulling at the vital center; and while it is true that the melting pot never melted, America has always been able to call on its unifying political ideals and inherited traditions. American culture, like the ancient Hellenistic culture, is syncretic in the sense that it is a fusion of different or opposing principles and practices, just as the Hellenistic was a union of Greek and Near Eastern traditions.

The state would serve as a referee sorting out various conflicts, hopefully in a neutral and mutually beneficial spirit. These optimistic assumptions were based on a liberal belief that government in the United States could not be an instrument of special interests in a pluralist democracy. According to this notion, power in the United States was divided and scattered among a plurality of competing interests, making it difficult, if not impossible, for any single group to acquire a monopoly over the whole of government.

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