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The Creative Society – and the Price Americans Paid for It

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  • Date Published: December 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107600997

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  • The Creative Society is the first history to look at modern America through the eyes of its emerging ranks of professional experts, including lawyers, scientists, doctors, administrators, business managers, teachers, policy specialists, and urban planners. Covering the period from the 1890s to the early twenty-first century, Louis Galambos examines the history that shaped professionals and, in turn, their role in shaping modern America. He considers the roles of education, anti-Semitism, racism, and elitism in shaping and defining the professional cadre and examines how matters of gender, race, and ethnicity determined whether women, African Americans, and immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East were admitted to the professional ranks. He also discusses the role professionals played in urbanizing the United States, keeping the economy efficient and innovative, showing the government how to provide the people a greater measure of security and equity, and guiding the world's leading industrial power in coping with its complex, frequently dangerous foreign relations.

    • Shows serious students and scholars the links between the nation's urban, political and economic history, and the history of America's overseas encounters and growing empire
    • The first history to look at modern America through the eyes of its emerging ranks of professional experts in a way that illuminates how America got to where the nation is today, at home and abroad
    • Balanced treatment of the accomplishments and failures of the professionals and the nation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Louis Galambos delivers a dazzling history of the modern United States as formed by its managers, scientists, diplomats, planners and lawyers. The hopeful message is that, more often than not, American expertise and innovation will save the day.” – Jay Hancock, economics columnist, The Baltimore Sun

    “The Creative Society is a bold, provocative, and compelling reinterpretation of perennial dilemmas in American society written by an historian at the top of his game. Louis Galambos brings his ‘organizational synthesis’ to life by evoking the experiences that animated the new professionals – in education, business, government, foreign policy, and urban life – who have made America work since the 1890s. This is history at its best: thoughtful, captivating, witty, and wise. Everyone who reads The Creative Society will gain a new understanding of key crises in American history – and novel insights to make sense of the challenges we face today.” – Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Senior Partner at RabinMartin, former president and CEO of Global Health Council

    “Louis Galambos is equally adept as storyteller and historian. Witty, readable, illuminating, and sometimes highly personal, this is a history book with the drama of a novel. Professor Galambos charts twentieth-century American development in four broad areas – urbanization, innovation, economic security, and internationalism – and weaves throughout these concurrent narratives an astonishing array of detail. His cast of characters is America’s self-proclaimed and educated professionals. Lawyers, economists, nurses, urban planners, mining engineers, teachers, and even military strategists act out a historical pageant that boasts winners and losers. Most vividly, Galambos stirs his own family story into the mix. His small-town Ohio clan of bustling Hungarian emigrants shares the stage with prominent twentieth-century figures like Emma Goldman, George Marshall, and Robert Moses. And in a masterstroke of history writing, he invites us, his readers, to enhance his storytelling with reflections on our own American experience." – Mary Yeager and John Lithgow, Los Angeles, California

    "Galambos has managed to create a work that is informative, humane, and entertaining at the same time, making this book valuable for undergraduate students as well as scholars interested in the creation of modern America. Highly recommended." -Choice

    " ambitious work that uncovers a crucial root from which springs much of America’s strength and durability – its class of professional workers." -Ahmed Rahman, EH.Net

    " does provide a new and valuable appreciation of how professionals have shaped our history and culture, and the abiding sense that they will save us once again." -Ahmed S. Rahman, EH.Net

    "Well written in a journalistic style, this synthetic work deserves a place in the current literature." -Burton J. Bledstein, The Journal of American History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107600997
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 1931
    2. Life, death, and learning in the cities
    3. Toward a new economy, 1890–1930
    4. State crafting – American style
    5. Confronting the world
    6. Winners and losers, 1890–1930
    7. New Deal experiments
    8. Fighting on God's side
    9. A new aristocracy, 1946–1969
    10. The suburban conquest of the 1960s
    11. Empire in the American century
    12. The tattered empire of the 1970s
    13. Cracked core
    14. The American solution
    15. Conservatism – rhetoric and realities, 1981–2001
    16. The hegemony trap
    17. The American dream, 1981–2001
    18. The creative society in danger.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Creativity and Culture
    • Science and Society in the 20th Century
  • Author

    Louis Galambos, The Johns Hopkins University
    Louis Galambos is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, where he also serves as Editor of the Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower and Co-Director of The Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise. He is the author of numerous books on modern institutional development in America, the rise of the bureaucratic state and the evolution of the professions, most recently Medicine, Science, and Merck (with Roy Vagelos, 2002). He is co-editor of two Cambridge series and has received widespread recognition for his development of the 'organizational synthesis' of modern US history.

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