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A Concise American History

1st Edition

By David Brown, Thomas Heinrich, Simon Middleton, Vivien Miller


552 pages

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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:

  • Timelines situating key events in their wider chronology
  • Lists of topics covered within each chapter for easy reference
  • Concept boxes discussing selected issues in more detail
  • Historiography boxes exploring key debates
  • Chapter summaries offering condensed outlines of the main themes of each chapter
  • Further reading lists guiding readers to additional resources
  • Maps and images bringing to life important events and figures from America’s history.

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

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

David Brown is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK.

Thomas Heinrich is Associate Professor in U.S. Business History at Baruch College, City University of New York, USA.

Simon Middleton is Associate Professor in History at the College of William & Mary, USA.

Vivien Miller is Associate Professor in American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / General
HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / United States / 21st Century