- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (23 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030016419X
- ISBN-13: 978-0300164190
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
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''The Myth of American Exceptionalism' is interesting and lucid as it examines the errors and exaggerations in the national self-image.' --Clive Cook, 'Financial Times'
About the Author
Godfrey Hodgson is associate fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.
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Also, it should be noted out of fairness to us that most countries have or have had their periods of exceptionalism, at least those that were big and powerful enough to get away with it for a while. Consider the Whig version of history so brilliantly satirized in "1066 and All That", or la gloire francaise, or German Kultur --- or go all the way back to the Greeks, who used the word "barbaros" for anyone who did not speak Greek. Exceptionalism may be some sort of human instinct, as pernicious as it is in the modern world.