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By David Goldfield

In this spellbinding new background, David Goldfield bargains the 1st significant new interpretation of the Civil warfare period due to the fact James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. the place prior students have limned the conflict as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America's maximum failure: the results of a breakdown because of the infusion of evangelical faith into the general public sphere. because the moment GreatAwakening surged via the United States, political questions turned concerns of fine and evil to be fought to the dying.

The expense of that failure was once bad, however the carnage comprehensive what statesmen couldn't: It made the U.S. one kingdom and eradicated slavery as a divisive strength within the Union. The positive North grew to become synonymous with the USA as a land of innovation and industrialization, whose teeming towns provided squalor and chance in equivalent degree. faith used to be supplanted via technology and a gospel of development, and the South used to be left in the back of.

Goldfield's panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s to the tip of Reconstruction, is studded with memorable information and luminaries similar to HarrietBeecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman. There are lesser recognized but both compelling characters, too, together with Carl Schurz-a German immigrant, warhero, and postwar reformer-and Alexander Stephens, the urbane and highbrow vp of the Confederacy. America Aflame is a vibrant portrait of the "fiery trial"that reworked the rustic we are living in.

David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of heritage on the college of North Carolina, Charlotte. he's the writer of many works on Southern heritage, together with Still struggling with the Civil War; Black, White, and Southern; and Promised Land.

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Complicating factors proliferated as time went by. International organisations appeared, such as the UN, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), and the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), which emphasised the importance of multilateral diplomacy. Decolonisation created more states. New factors 14 US foreign policy since 1945 entered the international agenda such as over-population, underdevelopment, disease, terrorism, sustainable growth and pollution.

These were the challenges that were to confront John Kennedy and his successors. 3 Superpower collaboration and confrontation US containment policy, 1961–91 The Kennedy administration oversaw a qualitative change in the nature of the Cold War and a turning point in containment policy. The development of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) shifted the emphasis from outright victory to that of managing an enduring balance between East and West. The new ‘logic’ of the Cold War was for a peaceful resolution and this, for US policy-makers, signalled the end of the drive for victory through military preponderance.

The Cold War confrontation now focused on the problem of dealing with nuclear power that could inflict unacceptable damage on each side if war were to come, and with winning the hearts and minds of the Third World. These were the challenges that were to confront John Kennedy and his successors. 3 Superpower collaboration and confrontation US containment policy, 1961–91 The Kennedy administration oversaw a qualitative change in the nature of the Cold War and a turning point in containment policy.

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