THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY by William Appleman Williams

THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The obvious result of years of scholarly research, this vast tome by a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, author of The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, etc., presents a lengthy interpretation of American historical development as based on European "mercantilism" and laissez-faire. Stating in his opening essay, "History as a Way of Learning", that "the tool used in this present study is the concept of Weltanschauung, or definition of the world combined with an explanation of how it works", the author has produced a volume so packed with erudite and obscure references and sesquipedalian words that it defeated one reader completely. If taken in small doses it should, however, prove of value as a reference book for students and teachers of the philosophical aspects of American history.
ISBN: 0393305619
Page count: 513pp
Publisher: World
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1961