Carnegie's Model Republic: Triumphant Democracy and the British-american Relationship

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) has long been known as a leading American industrialist, a man of great wealth and great philanthropy. What is not as well known is that he was actively involved in Anglo-American politics and tried to promote a closer relationship between his native Britain and the United States. To that end, Carnegie published Triumphant Democracy in 1886, in which he proposed the American federal republic as a model for solving Britain's unsettling problems. On the basis of his own experience, Carnegie argued that America was a much-improved Britain and that the British monarchy could best overcome its social and political turbulence by following the democratic American model. He expressed a growing belief that the antagonism between the two nations should be supplanted by rapprochement. A. S. Eisenstadt offers an in depth analysis of Triumphant Democracy, illustrating its importance and illuminating the larger current of British-American politics between the American Revolution and World War I and the fascinating exchange about the virtues and defects of the two nations. Book jacket.

Author Biography

A. S. Eisenstadt is Professor Emeritus of History at Brooklyn College and the author and editor of several books, including Reconsidering Tocqueville's Democracy in America

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Road to Triumphant Democracyp. 1
Major Themesp. 15
The Antithesis of Modelsp. 31
Reconciling Idealsp. 55
The British Critiquep. 73
Affirming Americap. 95
The Pan-Anglian Persuasionp. 117
Conclusionp. 155
Notesp. 179
A Brief Note on Sourcesp. 199
Indexp. 201
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