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Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America

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Nineteenth-century globalization made America exceptional. On the back of European money and immigration, America became an empire with considerable skill at conquest but little experience administering other people's, or its own, affairs, which it preferred to leave to the energies of private enterprise. The nation's resulting state institutions and traditions left Americ ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Hill and Wang (first published 2006)
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Russell Fox
A fascinating argument about American history, one which on every page I found myself wishing I knew more about 19th-century American history and economics and foreign policy, so as to be able to better assess what were, to me, very eye-opening conclusions. In a nutshell, Rauchway argues that, under the protective umbrella of "Anglobilization" (that is, the first wave of industrial globalization in business, trade, immigration, and financial investment which the military and economic power of th ...more
Amanda Rabon
Reading this took me back to my History 102 seminar with Rauchway: you learn a lot, it's very intellectual and every now and then he throws in a word like "willy-nilly" and makes you laugh. Enjoyed the class and enjoyed the book.
Stephen Winchell
Another solid history book. I'd suggest it to serious readers looking for an interesting and enlightening non-fiction historical survey.
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