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John Traynor

Mastering Modern United States History

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ISBN: 978-0-230-37224-5
Reihe: Macmillan Master Series
Verlag: Macmillan Education
Format: Flexibler Einband
XVIII, 482 Seiten; 23.5 cm x 15.5 cm, 2. Auflage, 2018
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Now in its second edition, this engaging text introduces readers to all the key developments in American history between 1900 and 2000. Combining factual coverage with an analysis of professional historians’ most recent interpretations of major domestic and foreign affairs, it fully explores dramatic events such as the Wall Street Crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Watergate Scandal. Chapters are enriched by presidential profiles and supported by stimulating source material and exam-style questions to reinforce learning.

This text will be essential reading for students undertaking courses in American History at college, foundation and undergraduate level. It is also the ideal companion for anyone with a general interest in the American history of the twentieth century.


This new edition has been expanded to include key developments of domestic issues in American History from 1980-2008 and foreign affairs from 1974-2008. An ideal text for students of A-Level and first year undergraduates.


The Beginning of the American Century 1900-1920.- Foreign Policy 1900-1920.- The 1920s.- FDR: The Great Depression and the New Deal.- Roosevelt's Foreign Policy, 1933-45.- African-Americans 1900-1945.- Post War America.- The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety.- John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963.- LBJ: The Great Society and Vietnam.- The Shift to the Right.- African Americans 1945-2000.- The End of the American Century: 1980-2000.- Appendix A: Tables Index.- Appendix B: Presidential Profiles.- Appendix C: Questions and Exercises.- Appendix D: References.- Index.

Biografische Anmerkung zu den Verfassern

John Traynor is a recently retired History Teacher. He is the author of Mastering Modern German History and Challenging History: Europe 1890-1990. He has also written history materials for the BBC, the Public Record Office and the National Archive of the United States.

Unveröffentlichter Kommentar

John Traynor provides a masterly, comprehensive and highly readable survey of The American Century. A model of crisp compression and clear organisation, it blends sharp analysis, broad themes, and deft portraits of leading figures to produce an authoritative introduction to the United States' transition from the recognisably small-town society of the later 1800s to the global superpower of today. –Richard Carwardine, University of Oxford, UK

Mastering Modern United States History offers an engaging introduction to the politics and society of the United States during the twentieth century. Combining a vibrant writing style with well-structured and coherent chapters, this is an important new resource for both students and teachers. – Louisa Hotson, London Campus of Syracuse University, UK