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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 Amer
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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
Peter
Jul 12, 2017 Peter rated it really liked it
Eric Rauchway argues that "the world made America". "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." (back cover)

The parts of his piece do not add up to a robust whole. Nevertheless, the analysis of capital and labor flows in early chap
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Andrew Canfield
Dec 24, 2016 Andrew Canfield rated it liked it
This book is a brisk walk-through the development of America from the frontier days until essentially the end of World War One.

Rauchway makes the argument that the way the United States's development caused it to differ from that of so many other industrial democracies wasn't so much the worth of the policies enacted but instead the unique circumstances which spawned them. On issues like immigration, social spending, and military policy, Rauchway looks at the way America's unique position in th
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Amanda Rabon
Aug 08, 2009 Amanda Rabon rated it liked it
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
Oct 21, 2008 Stephen Winchell rated it liked it
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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The argument's unexceptional, but the way he writes is about as clear and clean and clever as I've seen from an academic.
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Eric Rauchway is an American historian and professor at the University of California, Davis. Rauchway's scholarship focuses on modern US political, social and economic history, particularly the Progressive Era and the New Deal.
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