Expertly steering readers through the often tumultuous and exhilarating history of the United States, from its early modern Native American roots to twenty-first century neoliberalism and the shifting political climate of the past decade, this highly readable textbook provides a compelling overview of American development over the last five centuries.
This book avoids either celebratory or condemnatory rhetoric to present a critical examination of domestic America and its interaction with the rest of the world. Balancing coverage of political, social, cultural and economic history, each chapter also includes a wealth of features to facilitate learning:
Clearly and engagingly written and positioning America’s narrative within the wider global context, this textbook is particularly accessible for non-U.S. students and is the perfect introduction for those new to U.S. history.
This textbook is also supported by a companion website offering interactive content including a timeline, multiple-choice quizzes and links to selected web resources.
"This authoritative and fast-paced text, admirably attentive to global connections, introduces readers to the turbulent history of the United States from the colonial era to the present day. Highly recommended to anyone seeking a reliable and readable account of the restless American Republic and its formative role in the making of the modern world."
Robert Cook, University of Sussex, UK
"This textbook accomplishes something highly distinctive in its field – it introduces students to the huge breadth of American History (from 1492 to the present) while directing them toward an appreciation of interdisciplinary and interlinking concepts of the subject. Students will find it a highly accessible text that gives them a firm basis for understanding the USA, both in domestic policy and foreign relations. Indeed, this text should also establish itself as an essential teaching tool in American survey courses."
Lee Sartain, University of Portsmouth, UK
1. In Indian Country
2. Provincial Society in an Atlantic World
3. Politics and the Revolution
4. Creating a Republic
5. Capital and Democracy in the Antebellum Republic
6. Implosion: Slavery, Sectionalism and the American Civil War
7. The Long Reconstruction
8. The Emergence of a Superpower
9. Imperial America
10. Reform, Retreat and Reaction
11. The Great Depression and World War II
12. Cold War America
13. Conformity and Crisis
14. The Turbulent Sixities
15. Economic Turmoil and Conservative Triumph, 1969-1988
16. The Rise and Demise of the Neoliberal Order