By Klaus P. Fischer

ISBN-10: 0826418163

ISBN-13: 9780826418166

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"The top one-volume heritage of the 3rd Reich available.It fills a void which has existed for a very long time and it'll most likely develop into the elemental textual content for generations of students."—Walter Laqueur

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"This is actually an important paintings, for Fischer provides a balanced account of a fancy topic, making it painfully transparent simply how Germany grew to become in a position to genocide." — Booklist

"Fischer writes with a transparent mastery of either fundamental and secondary resources. Synthesizing a large spectrum of literature right into a advantageous, scholarly work." — Library Journal

No decade because the finish of worldwide battle II has been as seminal in its old value because the Sixties. That stormy interval unleashed a bunch of pent-up social and generational conflicts that had now not been skilled because the Civil battle: severe racial and ethnic strife, chilly warfare terror, the Vietnam warfare, counter-cultural protests, debatable social engineering, and political rancor.

Numerous reviews on numerous points of those matters were written over the last 35 years, yet few have so effectively built-in the many-sided elements right into a coherent, man made, and trustworthy e-book that mixes strong storytelling with sound scholarly research. the most fabrics lined would be the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies; the Civil Rights stream; the Vietnam conflict and the protest it generated; the recent Left, scholar radicals, and Black pupil militancy; and, eventually, the counter-cultural facet of the 60s: hippies, intercourse and Rock 'n' Roll.

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The liberal response has been to separate morality and politics, arguing that the aim of politics is not to produce virtuous citizens who find fulfillment in their community, but to liberate individuals from community restraints so that they can discover self-fulfillment through self-enrichment. Economics thus trumps morality, which is relegated to the private sphere or to what people do on Sunday. As long as there was a strong ballast of moral control associated with traditional religion and community standards, liberalism appeared to do little damage and was, in fact, seen as a liberating force; but once the amount of usable moral energy was being depleted by liberal inroads, the traditional, morally integrated community was finished.

They insisted that the Constitution was cast in cement and had to be interpreted the same way in which a true believer interpreted the Bible—in a onedimensional and fundamentalist manner. There were others, however, who saw the Constitution as a living document that could be adapted to changing times, yield new insights, and support new rights in response to different social circumstances. Despite these different approaches, both sides agreed that the Constitution represented an unchanging bedrock of government, and that modifications or amend- 22 America in White, Black, and Gray ments should be the extreme exception rather than the norm.

Yet throughout American history one could always detect a pulsating energy that had its source in a distinct national creed. Until now, this centripetal force has been able to overcome the various centrifugal forces pulling at the vital center; and while it is true that the melting pot never melted, America has always been able to call on its unifying political ideals and inherited traditions. American culture, like the ancient Hellenistic culture, is syncretic in the sense that it is a fusion of different or opposing principles and practices, just as the Hellenistic was a union of Greek and Near Eastern traditions.

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