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The Resource The myth of the West : America as the last empire, Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt ; translated by Herbert H. Rowen

The myth of the West : America as the last empire, Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt ; translated by Herbert H. Rowen

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The myth of the West : America as the last empire
Title
The myth of the West
Title remainder
America as the last empire
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Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt ; translated by Herbert H. Rowen
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  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
The subject of this fascinating book is the rise, flourishing, and decline of the heliotropic myth, the centuries-old belief that all history is a succession of great civilizations developing, like the movement of the sun, from the East to the West. America is in this vision the last empire, indeed, the fulfillment of history. Esteemed historian Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt draws on works of world poetry and other sources in describing the importance of the heliotropic myth and shows how the expectation of a final completion of history gave meaning and coherence to our civilization and how the mythic yearning for a better world drove our ancestors to distant lands ever farther westward. Now in the twentieth century, with all western horizons gone and the realities of societal life - even in America - not so utopian, we no longer dare to believe in the values of the West and prefer to live instead with an extraordinarily tolerant cultural relativism. With the approach of the new millennium - once predicted by the heliotropic myth to be a time of brilliant living - Schulte Nordholt's work not only offers a perspective that will enhance all areas of study in American and world history, but provokes a fresh desire for the real meaning of human history
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1920-1995
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Schulte Nordholt, J. W.
Index
index present
LC call number
E175.9
LC item number
.S3613 1995
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Rowen, Herbert Harvey
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United States
Label
The myth of the West : America as the last empire, Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt ; translated by Herbert H. Rowen
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Prologue in the Old World -- A New World in the West -- England -- A city on a hill -- The vision of philosophers -- The American reply -- The dilemma of the past -- The wilderness as pastoral -- The last frontier -- Territorial expansion -- The circle closed -- Translatio Imperii -- The myth of the West
Control code
32469673
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780802837936
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95012805
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Label
The myth of the West : America as the last empire, Jan Willem Schulte Nordholt ; translated by Herbert H. Rowen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue in the Old World -- A New World in the West -- England -- A city on a hill -- The vision of philosophers -- The American reply -- The dilemma of the past -- The wilderness as pastoral -- The last frontier -- Territorial expansion -- The circle closed -- Translatio Imperii -- The myth of the West
Control code
32469673
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780802837936
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95012805
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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