The Contours of American History

The Contours of American History

William Appleman Williams

Original 12 months of publication: 1961; 2011 - fwd

William Appleman Williams used to be the yankee historical past profession’s maximum critic people imperialism. The Contours of yankee History, first released in 1961, reached again into British historical past to argue that the connection among liberalism and empire was once in influence a grand compromise, with growth in a foreign country containing classification and race tensions at home.

Coming because it did sooner than the political explosions of the Sixties, Williams’s message used to be a deeply heretical one, and but the fashionable Library finally selected Contours as the most effective a hundred nonfiction books of the 20 th Century. This 50th anniversary version will introduce this magisterial paintings to a brand new readership, with a brand new advent via Greg Grandin, one in all today’s major historians people overseas policy.

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