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By Gary R. Weaver;Adam Mendelson

ISBN-10: 1931930074

ISBN-13: 9781931930079

Anything has occurred to the basic nature of yank culture...a midlife crisis.Recently observers have famous a seismic shift a long way past general cyclic alterations in tradition and tendencies in the US. Following September eleven, the us, now not convinced within the safety of 2 huge oceans, a strong army constitution and a dominant financial system, constructed regulations and practices that exclude foreigners and appear to violate easy civil rights assured less than the structure. After many years of the ebb and move of isolationism and expansionism, the united states took a inflexible new tack that hasn't been reversed yet.What's taking place in the United States? And extra importantly, why? America's Midlife trouble examines the historical past and tradition of the rustic at an important element in its improvement. From immigration to to global impression, this booklet captures the values, ideals and behaviors of an more and more advanced society that's suffering to carve out its position in a brand new global order.ContentsIntroduction1 American nationwide tradition: an issue of tradition and History2 what's the American tradition and what's a regular American?3 Melting Pots to Mosaics: Race and Immigration4 From John Winthrop to John Wayne: Exceptionalism, Self-Reliance, and Cowboy Values5 do not simply Stand There, Do Something!6 American Civic Culture7 Prosperity at domestic, status overseas: international Policy8 What Holds the USA jointly additionally Tears it Apart9 a countrywide Midlife difficulty? the place will we pass from Here?BibliographyIndex

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Most Americans want others to “like” them. S. as a peaceful country that only fights wars to defend itself and others from tyranny and aggression. S. as an aggressor or even a hegemonic bully is seen as unfair. Many Europeans would view this as overly defensive, naive, even childish or narcissistic. All countries view themselves as peaceful nations that only use aggression to defend themselves and others. However, one result of the Iraq War, and the Vietnam War in the 1960s, is that Americans may find that they are similar to other mature nation-states and have foreign policies that primarily benefit their own national interests.

These provoked outrage, violence, and condemnation in many parts of the Muslim world. For many non-Muslim Westerners, this was a matter of free speech and freedom of the press, and the Muslim reaction was granted little empathy. For many non-Western Muslims the publication of these drawings was an insult to their religion and highly disrespectful, and the justifications offered for their publication similarly did not receive much empathy. And finally, empathy is not identification with or being like the other person.

Even the movie Titanic (1997) turned a historical tragedy into a very melodramatic love story, which was later turned into a Broadway musical. The movie Saving Private Ryan (1998) began as a tragedy, but ended as a melodrama with good overcoming evil. It also delivered the very American message that the individual is as highly valued as an entire patrol of soldiers, all of whom were charged with trying to save one low-ranking private from being killed. Nevertheless, Saving Private Ryan was actually a very European movie in that it portrayed war in a more realistic and tragic way than most traditional Hollywood movies.

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