The history of the United States is a fascinating tale of intrigue, adventure, and progress, with many surprising twists and turns - and "Currents in American History" is designed to convey the defining elements of the story in an engaging, quick-paced narrative. Rather than covering a bit of everything, it focuses on the historic ramifications of 14 essential events that shaped the American past. Far shorter than most standard texts, this affordable work makes it possible for students to conceptualize America's complex history by assessing the causes and consequences of fourteen momentous days that changed the nation's course. "Currents in American History" includes an online Student Learning Center that provides access to primary sources, cause and effect exercises, self-study questions, and tools for organizing, printing, and exporting primary documents.
While the rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region was receiving great attention, its political consequences were being largely ignored, except for the widespread assumption that since nearly everyone wanted growth, it must be a good thing. But was growth having a stabilizing or destabilizing effect on the governments involved? Was it driving them in more authoritarian or more democratic directions? How to explain that high growth in China was compatible with communism, in Japan, with democracy, and in the other countries of the region with a bewildering variety of authoritarian, quasi-democratic, or democratic regimes? Had growth no political bearing? Or were the dynamics of its impact too subtle to analyze? The product of the Pacific Basin Program at Columbia University's East Asian Institute, this volume addresses these key issues.