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The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality (America in the World)

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The 1970s looks at an iconic decade when the cultural left and economic right came to the fore in American society and the world at large. While many have seen the 1970s as simply a period of failures epitomized by Watergate, inflation, the oil crisis, global unrest, and disillusionment with military efforts in Vietnam, Thomas Borstelmann creates a new framework for unders ...more
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published November 20th 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published October 31st 2011)
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Justin Dell
Sep 21, 2014 Justin Dell rated it really liked it
Borstelmann does a prodigious job of sketching the milieux of 1970s America, capturing the derangement that set into American culture following the national traumas of the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal. In a nutshell, these hallmarks of national shame robbed Washington of its moral capital, sapped Americans' faith in their political leaders, and generally capsized the entire 'Big Government' superstructure that had been in place in the United States from the time of the Great Depression ...more
Ed Wagemann
Dec 12, 2011 Ed Wagemann rated it it was amazing
Thomas Borstelmann's The 1970s is an important and insightful examination of one of the most confusing decades in Americn history. The confusion from this period stemmed from numerous angles and Borstelmann incredibly tackles them all from corruption in the government (Watergate, etc) to changing social values (skyrockeing divorce rates, gay rights, women's lib, minority rights, a rise in religious cult and counter-culture communes) to the U.S's failed foreign policies (military loss inVietnam, ...more
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Sep 14, 2016 Jeffrey A Grenz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lot of Information in a Compact Book

I thought Mr. Bortelsmann's book did a good job summarizing the broad socioeconomic trends of the past four decades, i.e., the demolition of the USA's quasi welfare state and government regulated economy in favor of the "invisible hand" of free markets and increasing income inequality.

The "American" character has historically bristled under the hubris of government regulation and intervention into our personal lives and our pocketbooks: why allow a bureaucra
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Patrick F
Mar 17, 2016 Patrick F rated it it was amazing
For readers who want to get a better understanding of 2016, starting here with The 1970s is a good start. Released in 2012, written by the Elwood N. and Katherine Thompson Distinguished Professor of Modern World History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Thomas Berstelmann, this book is illuminating regarding the historical process that led us to such seemingly unrelated events such as the rise of Third Way politics; #BlackLivesMatter; Trump 2016; and Occupy Wall Street and, subsequently, th ...more
Peter
Jan 13, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it
Thomas Borstelmann argues that two fundamental changes happened in the 1970s: society became more egalitarian at the same time that total faith in the free market made society less equal. Racial, gender, and ethnic hierarchies were replaced by divisions based on wealth. The book reads as though Borsetlmann wrote a history of the United States in the 1970s and then realized that he may have discovered a microcosm. The resulting commentary on global trends comes across as an afterthought, which is ...more
Tim Brown
The author connects the dots from the 70s the sociocultural economic and political attitudes prevalent in the US today, persuasive in his argument that the 70s were a pivotal decade. His history of the decade goes a bit fast and could use more detail. I wish somebody would write a more in-depth study of the 70s -- haven't encountered one yet.
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