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The New Deal and the American Welfare State. Essays from a Transatlantic Perspective (1933-1945)

Nova Americana

Maurizio Vaudagna

This book examines the "Age of Roosevelt" through essays published over more than thirty years of scholarship and consequently reveals how historical interpretations of these pivotal decades have changed since the late 1970s.

The "Age of Roosevelt," which encompassed both the Great Depression and World War II, was a prolonged emergency that marked a turning point in the history of the twentieth century. This twelve-year period represented the climax of the worldwide confrontation between initially competing and later warring principles of public and personal life: liberal democracy, fascism and bolshevism. The "Old World" was increasingly engulfed in the "European tragedy" of dictatorship, aggressive nationalism and racism, with World War II only aggravating what has been called the "European decline." At the same time, by contrast, the concept of the "American Century" was being progressively established.

During the twelve-year "age of Roosevelt" the United States went from being a "sick nation" in the early 1930s, coinciding with the start of the century's worst worldwide depression, to the most powerful country in the world. To make this happen, Franklin D. Roosevelt used the New Deal to develop a new style of leadership, a new relationship between government and society, and a new discourse on American identity. In fact, Roosevelt's New Deal transformed the United States from a quintessential "latecomer" in terms of social policy into the leader of a new liberal-democratic system of social protection that opposed the system promoted by the European dictators.

Maurizio Vaudagna is a professor of twentieth-century history at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Vercelli, Italy. He has taught at the universities of Cornell and Columbia in the United States and various universities throughout Europe. In addition to the "Age of Roosevelt" and the history of social policy, his scholarly interests have focussed on the comparative historical study of the family and the historical profession in Europe and the United States.

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