✓ American History: A Very Short Introduction ã Download by ¶ Paul S. Boyer

✓ American History: A Very Short Introduction ã Download by ¶ Paul S. Boyer Again, a very well written introduction to a subject that prior to reading I did not have enough knowledge I liked that the author did not shy away from critisicing the subject of discussion This short essay also helped my finally put the major events of US history in the correct boxes and understand the chronological sequence of events I also liked to put the chronology of immigrants in place, which helped explain while southern and eastern Europe immigrants also faced discrimination that the English, Germans and Scandinavians seemed immune to.
It also highlighted the presidents that I share the most with, such as FDR, being by far the most admirable one, as well as TR, LBJ at least as far as internal affairs are concerned since his weak international presence is already notorious and, naturally, Lincoln.
Overall a great read, tha helps to put into perspective both why the present day American History A Very Short Introduction provides its reader with as comprehensive a look at American political, social and cultural history as is possible in under 200 small pages the standard format for the Very Short Introduction series, whose books are not only short but small as well and in a well written manner Virtually every event, person of significance and movement in American history receives at least a mention, which must have been a difficult task to accomplish given the strictures What it does not do, however, is provide consistently up to date scholarship or a proper sense of proportion of America s triumphs to failures It also contains a few errors and some of Boyer s interpretations of events will provoke disagreement with those who do not share his political lean First of all, it s Native Americans , not Indians The word Indian is yet another word that reflects white suppession of the identity of people of colour We re not really in India but I ma call them Indians any way, because fuck their sense of self Only half of the parts supposedly devoted to abolitionists and the Black Rights Movements cover those topics, while the other half is devoted to barely related actions by white presidents I m also pretty sure you can t use blacks as a noun, but that it is African Americans or people of colour or, if you want to be wordy, people of African descent And now that we are talking about people of colour, which includes but is not restricted to black people where are all the non black people of colour in this narrative Hispanic immigrants are only casually mentioned in this history on page 112 of 139, and discussed a little bit extensively An excellent introduction to the history of the United States of America.
I know that this is a very short introduction not a comprehensive one However, there were some topics that weren t even considered and they are important when one wants to give an overview of American History The book lacks because of it and that s why I didn t enjoy it like I use to when I read books from this collection I felt I didn t exactly have an overview of the history of the nation, just a personal perspective of what the author thinks are the BIG events throughtout the years Well, duh what can you expect You will always read personal perspectives even with history books I know It just seems that this was a compilation of facts and I didn t get the feel of the country, the American ethos in a certain period of time That was what I wanted to feel when reading this book, if t



So, I ve finally finished American History A Very Short Introduction by Paul S Boyer It took me quite a while, but I enjoyed the read This book gives a broad overview of the history of America As I am very interested in history, I knew a lot of things But I also gained a lot of new knowledge I liked the parts about the older history of America than the contemporary history The chapters about the Declaration of Independence, Slavery and Conflicts were super interesting Some things were quite difficult to understand, mostly because of very technical terms I don t even know in my mother tongue German.
I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot I read about famous people, which was very interesting The other half was mostly about contemporary history, which I know a lot about because of me studying history as Tempted to give five stars Very good primer Four hundred years in 138 pages Clear, well written Obviously pretty basic but I still learned a lot Pretty impressive achievement by the author American History A Very Short Introduction When the balance is drawn, despite its many indelible dark passages shortcomings, America may truly be considered a great nation for its advancements of the human rights, social justice, and of the arts and science that have collectively propelled the human civilisation forward Remarkably, history does not lend support to the notion of American exceptionalism it shows that the rise of US to global preeminence was really a combined results of an extraordinary concentration of enlightened individuals who drafted the US Constitution, the universal appeal of liberty, prosperity and the pursuit of happiness that attracted the best minds from around the global during two world wars, American Civil War, Progressive movements and Civil Rights Movements that healed the political divide and forged a c A highly competent but not particularly enjoyable book By necessity, the author has condensed US history to such an extent that I didn t feel I had gained much in the way of understanding I also felt that the author s liberal political views were over represented in the book it s not that I disagree with them it s just that I felt it skewed the book towards progressive political history at the expense of other areas Worth a read, but perhaps less so if you already know a bit about US history.
In A Miracle Of Concision, Paul S Boyer Provides A Wide Ranging And Authoritative History Of America, Capturing In A Compact Space The Full Story Of Our Nation Ranging From The Earliest Native American Settlers To The Presidency Of Barack Obama, This Very Short Introduction Offers An Illuminating Account Of Politics, Diplomacy, And War As Well As The Full Spectrum Of Social, Cultural, And Scientific Developments That Shaped Our CountryHere Is A Masterful Picture Of America S Achievements And Failures, Large Scale Socio Historical Forces, And Pivotal Events Boyer Sheds Light On The Colonial Era, The Revolution And The Birth Of The New Nation Slavery And The Civil War Reconstruction And The Gilded Age The Progressive Era, The Roaring Twenties And The Great Depression The Two World Wars And The Cold War That Followed Right Up To The Tragedy Of , The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan, And The Epoch Making Election Of Barack Obama Certain Broad Trends Shape Much Of The Narrative Immigration, Urbanization, Slavery, Continental Expansion, The Global Projection Of US Power, The Centrality Of Religion, The Progression From An Agrarian To An Industrial To A Post Industrial Economic Order Yet In Underscoring Such Large Themes, Boyer Also Highlights The Diversity Of The American Experience, The Importance Of Individual Actors, And The Crucial Role Of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, And Social Class In Shaping The Contours Of Specific Groups Within The Nation S Larger Tapestry And Along The Way, He Touches Upon The Cultural Milestones Of American History, From Tom Paine S The Crisis To Allen Ginsberg S HowlAmerican History A Very Short Introduction Is A Panoramic History Of The United States, One That Covers Virtually Every Topic Of Importance And Yet Can Be read In A Single Day

Paul S Boyer is a U.S cultural and intellectual historian Ph.D., Harvard University, 1966 and is Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus and former director 1993 2001 of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin Madison He has held visiting professorships at UCLA, Northwestern University, and William Mary has received Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fou