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The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality [Format Kindle]

Thomas Borstelmann

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The 1970s looks at an iconic decade when the cultural left and economic right came to the fore in American society and the world at large. While many have seen the 1970s as simply a period of failures epitomized by Watergate, inflation, the oil crisis, global unrest, and disillusionment with military efforts in Vietnam, Thomas Borstelmann creates a new framework for understanding the period and its legacy. He demonstrates how the 1970s increased social inclusiveness and, at the same time, encouraged commitments to the free market and wariness of government. As a result, American culture and much of the rest of the world became more--and less--equal.

Borstelmann explores how the 1970s forged the contours of contemporary America. Military, political, and economic crises undercut citizens' confidence in government. Free market enthusiasm led to lower taxes, a volunteer army, individual 401(k) retirement plans, free agency in sports, deregulated airlines, and expansions in gambling and pornography. At the same time, the movement for civil rights grew, promoting changes for women, gays, immigrants, and the disabled. And developments were not limited to the United States. Many countries gave up colonial and racial hierarchies to develop a new formal commitment to human rights, while economic deregulation spread to other parts of the world, from Chile and the United Kingdom to China.

Placing a tempestuous political culture within a global perspective, The 1970s shows that the decade wrought irrevocable transformations upon American society and the broader world that continue to resonate today.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 417 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 069115791X
  • Editeur : Princeton University Press (31 octobre 2011)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Foundations For Modern Society 26 novembre 2011
Par Robin Orlowski - Publié sur Amazon.com
The 1970's unfortunately gets a bad rap in history.

But Thomas Borstlemann argues instead of being embarrassed, we should give the 1970's another look. This decade should be reconsidered as a starting point for several of the modern issues, conveniences, and technologies which we regularly enjoy in the 21st century.

He touches on the birth of Apple Computer (p. 124, 140) which remains especially relevant considering founder Steve Jobs's recent death from pancreatic cancer. Jobs and colleagues had insisted that computers could be built small and effective enough for individual citizens to use in our private homes. And they were right!

The era also helped myself and other people with disabilities begin obtaining public access. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 required publically-funded organizations to be accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. This was different than previous laws ('Social Security') providing a stipend on a then-well-intentioned assumption we were automatically incapable of public sphere contribution.

And the Education for All Handicapped Children Act ('Special Education') made free and ability-appropriate education for all children with disabilities mandatory in the local public school district. Even people who are not disabled themselves today know that the local school district has a special education department.

This book sounds 'poppy' but it is actually a serious look at the decade's enduring impact. Individuals interested in American History, especially the era would get a lot out of it. Because they were talking about modern security, part of me wishes that the book had been revised in time to acknowledge Jobs's death just because of the impact which he ultimately had on technology.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great, accessible overview of the 1970s 11 septembre 2012
Par artgrad - Publié sur Amazon.com
The subtitle of Borstelmann's book promises to provide "a new global history from civil rights to economic inequality," and he does a beautiful job throughout the book of explaining how, since the 1970s, a cultural shift toward greater inclusiveness has been coupled with laissez-faire capitalism that often actually results in greater inequities. Borstelmann's style is engaging, and I think a strength of this book is that he provides the right balance between hard facts, his interpretations of those facts, and pop culture references. He ties seemingly disparate issues and events together in a very clear, logical way, and he avoids jargon. I hate to use the phrase "fair and balanced," but that actually is another strength of this book. Borstelmann manages to present two sides of numerous contentious issues in a nuanced manner that avoids editorializing. I'm aware that all writers have their biases and Borstelmann's come through if you read between the lines, but the text is nuanced enough that readers with diverse ideas should still be able to take something away from this book. In short, I recommend this text because of its sheer accessibility: it manages to provide the reader with an enormous amount of information about the 1970s and its legacy without seeming at all stuffy or boring.

If you are considering this book for research purposes, there is a very complete index and copious endnotes that make this a solid reference book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The 1970s, a great social history 28 avril 2014
Par Nancy B Chandler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I recommend "The 1970s" by Thomas Borstelmann highly because it is a comprehensive, thoughtful history of this era and interprets very well how great social change of the 60's in America reached a much wider part of American society in the 70's. This book demonstrates well how the multicultural, inclusive values changes of this era greatly influenced the whole later course of American history. Borstelmann gives the points of view of conservatives as well as his own progressive values, so that all Americans can recognize and find "The 1970s" consistent with their own memories. Borstelmann brings in a large number of key movies, incidents and philosophical issues that represent well the evolving values, ideals and principles of the 1970s. His book is written for the average citizen, so they can remember and reflect on changing social values and policy of Americans' collective history. Borstelmann is a deep thinker, who writes in an entertaining, highly readable style that has appeal to people from all social classes, occupations, and political philosophies. I recommend it for all people who wish to better understand the evolution of American values and political history.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Valuable Starting Point for Understanding the 1970s 19 février 2014
Par J.Z. - Publié sur Amazon.com
I read Borstelmann's book as background for better understanding the environmental movement of the 1970s. He shows that the decade featured a conflict between a push for free markets and hyper-individualism versus societal equality, with the former clearly winning out. Resistance to the market/hyper-individualism came from both environmentalism and religious fundamentalism.

Borstelmann argues that environmentalism provided a real but limited check on unfettered market activity. However, rather than fulfilling its potential to transform market capitalism and the U.S. government, environmentalism ultimately settled for promoting individual health and better consumer choices within the market system, thus limiting its impact. (Religious fundamentalists also ended up accepting and even promoting market capitalism.) See Ted Steinberg's Down to Earth for more on this critique of market approaches to environmentalism.

That summarizes my particular interest in the book, but there is much more. The 1970s were more fascinating and important than I knew. The year 1973 was particularly monumental. This book is very worthwhile for anyone trying to understand the recent roots of our time. Also see another great Borstelmann book, The Cold War and the Color Line.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Arrived in time and in good condition 21 octobre 2013
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book arrived at my address in time and in good condition; matching the description that corresponded to it. No complaints at all.
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