A world of hope, a world of fear : Henry A. Wallace, Reinhold Niebuhr, and American liberalism /
Mark L. Kleinman.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2000.
xvii, 370 p.
0814208444 (alk. paper)
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Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2000.
0814208444 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Mark L. Kleinman was an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-12-01:
The travail of American liberalism is indeed a curious, greatly misunderstood, and highly stigmatized tale. Kleinman performs a great service by clarifying a key part of the story, focusing on Henry Wallace and Reinhold Niebuhr as representing, respectively, the "popular front" and the "cold war (or anticommunist)" factions of liberalism in the United States, particularly from 1946 to 1948. He deftly analyzes relationships of political and ideological change to the country's transformation from an agrarian nation to a near postindustrial power and to its global economic and strategic position at World War II's close. Paradoxically, as Kleinman neatly elaborates, liberalism's fertile promise of social reform and progressive public policy, integral to the visions of both camps, succumbed to the anticommunism of the victorious faction and the many others who accepted it. Henceforth, such liberalism as remained, though unceasingly reviled as too radical or as inimical to American political culture, was in fact quite tame, a centrist collection of watered-down reformism and apologetics. Kleinman makes skillful use of excellent primary sources in a study that is superb intellectual history. For all levels. R. N. Seidel; emeritus, SUNY Empire State College
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 3
"Key Note for a 'New Age'": The Foundations of Wallace's Vision of a Cooperative Civilizationp. 23
The "Transcendent Value of Personality": Niebuhr's Critique of Modern Civilizationp. 50
A "Pitchfork against the Belly" of Europe: Wallace and Niebuhr on the Ironies of Global Interdependencep. 76
Preserving the "Open Society": Wallace, Niebuhr, and the Coming of World War IIp. 112
"A New World...or a New World War": Fighting the War with an Eye on the Futurep. 143
"Light and Peace" or "Darkness and War": The Atomic Portal to the New Agep. 175
Hoisting the "Anti-Communist Skull and Bones": The Liberals Dividep. 215
Defeating "Gideon's Army": The Final Ascendance of Cold War Liberalismp. 254
"Things Have Changed Greatly"p. 283
Notesp. 303
Selected Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 357
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