The Resource American narcissism : the myth of national superiority, Wilber W. Caldwell, (electronic book)

American narcissism : the myth of national superiority, Wilber W. Caldwell, (electronic book)

Label
American narcissism : the myth of national superiority
Title
American narcissism
Title remainder
the myth of national superiority
Statement of responsibility
Wilber W. Caldwell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Nationalism is not unique to America: it was invented with the birth of modern nations. But nationalism is unique in America. Americans conceive themselves and their nation to be incontrovertibly superior to the other peoples and nations of the earth. When does national pride cross the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism and malignant nationalism? Historically, American notions of superiority spring from myths of the unique regenerative power of the new land; from visions of chosen-ness, mission and high destiny; from the indelible legends of frontier self-sufficiency; from the confidence and self-reliance needed to succeed as immigrants; from a powerful sense of America's isolation and uniqueness; from the realization of abundance and finally from the perceived universality of American ideology. This predisposes us to a distinctively virulent strain of nationalism unlike that found in almost any other modern nation. As the unipolar moment fades into memory, this sense of unquestionable superiority. Drawing on sources from within the academic disciplines of history, sociology, political science and foreign affairs, the book seeks to decode scholarly jargon and lay bare this corner of the American mind for the benefit of a wider readership. The discussion is organized in four parts: - Nationalism - The Evolution of the American Superiority Myth - The Presumption of National Superiority - Tolerance and Plurality In America today, notions of national superiority are far more deeply ingrained and far more potentially ruinous than most of us imagine. This is a journey that slides from reason to emotion, from individual liberty to mass tyranny and from humanity to inhumanity. This book will interest readers of U.S. history, current events, and social commentary; and all who wonder, "Why do they hate us?"
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Caldwell, Wilber W
Dewey number
305.800973
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.C35 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National characteristics, American
  • Nationalism
  • Narcissism
  • Political culture
  • Imperialism
  • Manifest Destiny
  • United States
  • United States
Label
American narcissism : the myth of national superiority, Wilber W. Caldwell, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-175) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Making the world over in America's image -- pt. 1. Notes on nationalism -- Nationalism -- Types of nationalism -- pt. 2. The evolution of the American superiority myth -- The New World -- Chosen-ness, mission, and destiny -- Ideological superiority -- The arrogance of abundance -- The arrogance of isolationism -- Manifest destiny and continental expansion -- Manifest destiny and American imperialism -- The leader of the free world -- The arrogance of power -- pt. 3. The presumption of national superiority -- The myth of American superiority -- Blind faith-- pt. 4. Tolerance and plurality -- In search of American humility
Control code
ebr10476804
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xi, 181 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
American narcissism : the myth of national superiority, Wilber W. Caldwell, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-175) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Making the world over in America's image -- pt. 1. Notes on nationalism -- Nationalism -- Types of nationalism -- pt. 2. The evolution of the American superiority myth -- The New World -- Chosen-ness, mission, and destiny -- Ideological superiority -- The arrogance of abundance -- The arrogance of isolationism -- Manifest destiny and continental expansion -- Manifest destiny and American imperialism -- The leader of the free world -- The arrogance of power -- pt. 3. The presumption of national superiority -- The myth of American superiority -- Blind faith-- pt. 4. Tolerance and plurality -- In search of American humility
Control code
ebr10476804
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xi, 181 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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