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Author Young, James P., 1934- author.

Title Henry Adams : The historian as political theorist / James P. Young
Published Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, 2001


Description 1 online resource (XIII, [1], 314 pages)
Series American Political Thought
American political thought.
Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Theory of American History -- Foundations of the Early Republic -- The Early Idealism of Henry Adams -- The United States in 1800 -- The Jeffersonian Foundation -- Adams on Jefferson's Character -- The First Inaugural Address -- Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Executive Power -- The Embargo and the Failure of Principle -- Out-Federalizing the Federalists? -- The Madisonian Continuation -- The United States in 1817 -- Toward a Philosophy of History -- Secession, Capitalism, and Corruption -- From Madison to the Civil War -- The Civil War -- The Postwar Revolution -- Democracy and Empire -- The Novel as Theory -- The Crisis of the Late Nineteenth Century -- The Philosophy of History -- Religion, History, and Politics -- Faith, Science, and Organized Religion -- The Ideal Female -- Medieval France and Modern America -- History, Science, and Politics: A Lifetime's Education -- Education as an Adams -- Education at Harvard College -- War, Diplomacy, and Education -- Darwinism and Education -- Twenty Years After (1892) -- Money, Markets, and Anti-Semitism -- The Problem of Technology -- Another Try at Political Education -- The End of Education -- Technology and the Virgin -- Toward a Dynamic Theory of History -- The Meaning of an Education -- History and Politics in the Education -- A Complex Mind in a Complex World
Summary In this volume James P. Young seeks to revive interest in the thought of Henry Adams by extracting core ideas from his writings concerning both American political development and the course of world history and then showing their relevance to the contemporary longing for a democratic revival. In this revisionist study, Young denies that Adams was a reactionary critic of democracy and instead contends that he was an idealistic advocate of representative government. Young focuses on Adams's belief that capitalist industrial development during the Gilded Age had debased American ideals and then turns to a careful study of Adams's famous contrast of the unity of medieval society with the fragmentation of modern technological society. Though fully aware of Adams's concerns about technology, Young rejects the idea that Adams was bitterly opposed to twentieth century developments in that field. He shows that though a liberal democrat with inclinations toward reform, Adams is much too sophisticated to be captured by any simple label
Analysis Political science & theory
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-250) and index
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Subject Adams, Henry, 1838-1918 -- Political and social views
Adams, Henry, 1838-1918
Adams, Henry 1838-1918
Adams, Henry (1838-1918) -- myśl polityczna i społeczna.
Adams, Henry, 1838-1918 -- Political and social views.
Adams, Henry, (1838-1918) -- Contribution à la philosophie politique.
Adams, Henry Historiker.
Philosophy -- United States -- History
Political science & theory.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
Political and social views
Politics and government
Politieke ideeën.
United States -- History -- Philosophy.
United States -- Politics and government -- Philosophy
United States
Stany Zjednoczone -- polityka i rządy -- filozofia.
Stany Zjednoczone -- historia -- filozofia.
United States -- History -- Philosophy.
United States -- Politics and government -- Philosophy.
États-Unis -- Histoire -- Philosophie.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author University Press of Kansas, publisher.
Project Muse. distributor.
LC no. 00012522
ISBN 9780700631353