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- Description<em>Farewell to Prosperity</em> is a provocative, in-depth study of the Liberal and Conservative forces that fought each other to shape American political culture and character during the nation's most prosperous years. The tome's central theme is the bitter struggle to fashion post-World War II society between a historic Protestant Ethic that equated free-market ecomics and money-making with Godliness and a new, secular Liberal temperament that emerged from the twin ordeals of depression and world war to stress social justice and security.<br><br>Liberal policies and programmes after 1945 proved key to the creation of mass affluence while encouraging disadvantaged racial, ethnic, and social groups to seek equal access to power. Butliberalism proved a zero-sum game to millions of others who felt their sense of place and self progressively unhinged. Where it did t overturn traditional social relationships and assumptions, liberalism threatened and, in the late sixties and early seventies, fostered new forces of expression at radical odds with the mindset and customs that had previously defined the nation without much question.<br><br>When the forces of liberalism overreached, the Protestant Ethic and its millions of estranged religious and ecomic proponents staged a massive comeback under the aegis of Ronald Reagan and a revived Republican Party. The financial hubris, miscalculations, and follies that followed ultimately created a conservative overreach from which the nation is still recovering. Post-World War II America was thus marked by what writer Salman Rushdie labelled in ather context thin-skinned years of rage-defined identity politics. This politics and its meaning form the core of the narrative.<br><br><em>Farewell to Prosperity</em> is partisan screed enlisting recent history to support one side or ather. Although absurdity abounds, it kws home, affecting Conservative and Liberal actors and thinkers alike.
- Author Biography<strong>Lisle A. Rose</strong> holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of thirteen books, including <em>Explorer: The Life of Richard E. Byrd</em> and the <em>Power at Sea</em> trilogy, all published by the University of Missouri Press. Over the course of his life, he has been a sailor, a professor, a diplomat, and a court-appointed special advocate for at-risk children. He lives in Edmonds, Washington, with his wife, historian Harriet Dashiell Schwar.
- Author(s)Lisle A. Rose
- PublisherUniversity of Missouri Press
- Date of Publication30/08/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationMissouri
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Missouri Press
- Weight953 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine43 mm
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