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Europe and America in the Modern Age Series

Europe and America in the Modern Age Series

Stanford University Professors James Sheehan and David Kennedy present in-depth lectures on the concept of liberalism as a theoretical framework for examining the interrelationships between the histories of Europe and America. Produced by the Stanford University Channel. Programs available on 20 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 20-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail

List of Titles


1. Liberalism: The Liberal Tradition

1. Liberalism: The Liberal Tradition

In the 18th century, liberalism emerged as a promising alternative to the restrictive and sometimes oppressive political philosophies prevalent in Europe and throughout the world. In modern times, liberalism has outlived traditional conservatism and Marxist socialism and continues to serve as a model for the rest of Click for more


2. Liberalism: The Idea of America

2. Liberalism: The Idea of America

The discovery of America in the late 15th century was in the largest sense the discovery of a "whole new world." Europeans were ill prepared for the cultural diversity and geographic enormity they encountered and ill-equipped to comprehend the future impact of their discovery. In this program Professor David Kennedy Click for more


3. Tocqueville's Europe

3. Tocqueville's Europe

Alexis de Tocqueville has been called the most perceptive foreign political observer of America. Born in 1805, Tocqueville's perspectives on world affairs were formed during a period of rapid and uncertain social change. In 20 years he had witnessed the defeat and exile of Napoleon, the death of King Louis XVIII, Click for more


4. Tocqueville's

4. Tocqueville's "Democracy in America"

In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote Democracy In America, one of the most extensive and insightful discussions of modern democracy. In this program Professor David Kennedy explores Tocqueville's impressions, observations, and projections for the future of democracy. Kennedy tells how during a Click for more


5. Origins and Development of European Marxism

5. Origins and Development of European Marxism

In the late nineteenth century, Marxism emerged as a revolutionary response to aristocratic rule and as an alternative to American democracy. Marxism appealed to factory workers and intellectuals alike, all of whom fervently embraced its goal of proletariat control of the means of production in a classless society. Click for more


6. The Marxist Tradition in America

6. The Marxist Tradition in America

For Marxist theorists, post-Civil War capitalist America was ripe for socialist revolution. However, by 1930 the socialist movement had become nothing more than an inconsequential element in American political life, and it was apparent that no socialist revolution was occurring in America. In this program Professor Click for more


7. Moral Values: The Rise of Domesticity

7. Moral Values: The Rise of Domesticity

One of the most confounding occurrences in American history was the unusual resilience of the institution of slavery. A peculiarly American phenomenon, slavery as a social institution inexplicably was allowed to exist unimpeded for many decades. It was not until Americans read Harriet Beecher Stowe's best selling Click for more


8. Slavery and Sentiment in American Abolitionism

8. Slavery and Sentiment in American Abolitionism

In her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe succeeds in awakening the American public to the evils of slavery in a way that no one before her was able to do. Prominent 19th-century American abolitionists, who argued that slavery was an "unjust egregious moral outrage," an unreasonable social Click for more


9. Nationalism and Liberalism

9. Nationalism and Liberalism

In this program Professor James Sheehan introduces the concepts of nation and nationalism. He discusses the failure of European revolutions of 1848, and the emergence of the new nations of Italy and Germany during the 1860s. He also argues that nationalism is more of an illusion than an ideological reality. Click for more


10. Lincoln, the Civil War and American Nationalism

10. Lincoln, the Civil War and American Nationalism

During the mid to late 19th century, America experienced what Professor David Kennedy calls its "first genuine revolution." For the first time in its history, America underwent an internal struggle whose purpose was to repudiate and obliterate an existing social order. More specifically, by the middle of the Click for more


11. The Sources of International Politics

11. The Sources of International Politics

In the early to mid 20th century, liberal notions about the healthy effects of nationalism were severely tested in the international arena. World Wars I and II were examples of nationalism gone rampant, with severe social and geopolitical consequences for certain over-zealous nation states. In this program Professor Click for more


12. The United States as a Great Power

12. The United States as a Great Power

In this program Professor David Kennedy explains how the emergence of the United States as an international power in the 20th century signified a dramatic change in the world order and served as definitive test of the capacities and resilience of a liberal democratic society. It was not until the late 19th century, Click for more


13. The Crisis of Liberal Social Thought

13. The Crisis of Liberal Social Thought

During the late 19th century, the honeymoon with liberalism ended in Europe. Many of the predicted benefits of liberal political thought never materialized, and competing ideological movements gained support from an increasingly disaffected populace. In this program Professor James Sheehan discusses the social Click for more


14. The Modernization of American Liberal Thought

14. The Modernization of American Liberal Thought

During the late 19th century and early 20th century, there was a growing perception in America that society was "so powerfully energized that it was becoming uncontrollable." As was the case in Europe, the experience with the liberal tradition had bestowed mixed blessings upon the populace. Along with increased liberty Click for more


15. Racism in Theory and Practice

15. Racism in Theory and Practice

One of the more perplexing characteristics of liberal society has been its tendency to exercise bias against some of its members. In a society that professes egalitarianism at its foundation, any degree of preferential treatment or subjugation of individuals or groups would seem contradictory to the aims of the society. Click for more


16. Liberal Society: Reflections on Wright's

16. Liberal Society: Reflections on Wright's "Native Son"

Since its inception, liberal American society has endeavored to meet the needs of an extraordinarily diverse population in a manner consistent with its founding principles of freedom, liberty, and equality. Nowhere has this challenge been more evident than with the issue of race relations in the United States. In this Click for more


17. The Idea of Gender

17. The Idea of Gender

One of the perplexing characteristics of liberal society has been its struggle with the concept of humanity, both in defining the concept and in applying that definition to its populace. The challenge for liberal society has been to apply its ideals uniformly, to allow all of its members equal access to the opportunities Click for more


18. Women and the Dilemma of Difference

18. Women and the Dilemma of Difference

A persistent dilemma for American society has been reconciling its historically deferential attitude toward women with the fundamental liberal principle of equality. Much of this dilemma centers around the traditional role assigned to women as caretakers of the home and purveyors of beneficence and moral value. In Click for more


19. The Problem of Community

19. The Problem of Community

In this program Professor James Sheehan discusses the relationship between the individual and the community in liberal society. Prior to the 18th century, western political thought stressed the importance of the community, where "individuals were inseparable from their common worlds of villages, guilds, and Click for more


20. Liberalism Triumphant

20. Liberalism Triumphant

In this program Professor David Kennedy focuses on the consequences of liberalism for individuals within American society. Liberal ideologists have been justifiably concerned over how individual personalities will be shaped by the liberal experience. Will individuals become disaffected and suicidal as Emile Click for more





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