Who Are We?
The Challenges to America's National IdenityBook - 2004
Analyzes the gradual erosion of American identity over the recent decades because of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and other factors and explores signs of a revival of American identity in the wake of September 11th.
The Royal Navy’s role during WWI in denying Germanyaccess to the sea, trade and vital resources was crucial in helping win the war on the Western Front; the Northern Blockade’, located across the inhospitable waters between Iceland and Scotland, was to bring the German economy to its knees and destroy her home front morale. Likewise, the Royal Navy’s success in negating Germany’s attacks on British commerce prevented much suffering in Britain, and the author vividly describes the final destruction of German surface vessel commerce warfare, culminating in the hard-fought battle between the raider SMS Leopard and two British warships. The American reaction to the British naval blockade and to Germany’s war on trade and her treatment of American sailors taken prisoner is looked at, while the changes in strategy on both sides through the war and the use of converted liners and armed merchant vessels as warships (AMCs) are examined in detail.
With the help of first-hand accounts, the book brings to life the experiences of those who manned the blockade, and creates a vivid picture of the dangers of duty; it lays before the reader a highly significant but, until now, much neglected aspect of the First World War.
In The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1998), Huntington (international and area studies, Harvard U.) argued that civilizations were replacing ideologies in post-Cold War politics. Pointing out that how Americans define themselves determines our role in the world (national/imperial/cosmopolitan), he offers a timely analysis of the historical components of US identity, challenges to it (e.g., the trend toward a bicultural nation), and the resurgence of religion nationally and globally. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The author of The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order analyzes the gradual erosion of American identity over the recent decades because of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and other factors and explores key signs of a revival of American identity and a return to core cultural values in the wake of September 11th. 75,000 first printing.
Simon and Schuster
In his seminal work The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel Huntington argued provocatively and presciently that with the end of the cold war, "civilizations" were replacing ideologies as the new fault lines in international politics.
His astute analysis has proven correct. Now Professor Huntington turns his attention from international affairs to our domestic cultural rifts as he examines the impact other civilizations and their values are having on our own country.
America was founded by British settlers who brought with them a distinct culture including the English language, Protestant values, individualism, religious commitment, and respect for law. The waves of immigrants that later came to the United States gradually accepted these values and assimilated into America's Anglo-Protestant culture. More recently, however, national identity has been eroded by the problems of assimilating massive numbers of primarily Hispanic immigrants, bilingualism, multiculturalism, the devaluation of citizenship, and the "denationalization" of American elites.
September 11 brought a revival of American patriotism and a renewal of American identity. But already there are signs that this revival is fading, even though in the post-September 11 world, Americans face unprecedented challenges to our security.
Who Are We? shows the need for us to reassert the core values that make us Americans. Nothing less than our national identity is at stake.
Once again Samuel Huntington has written an important book that is certain to provoke a lively debate and to shape our national conversation about who we are.\