Provides an overview of the 1980s in America.
The Eighties provides an account of the politics and foreign policy of the era and describes some of the major social, technological, and cultural changes that took place.
Palermo’s goal is to deepen students’ understanding of the 1980s and pique their curiosity to learn more about the decade.
Upon completing this book readers will be able to:
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Joseph A. Palermo is an associate professor of history at California State University, Sacramento. He received his bachelor's degrees in sociology and anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a master's degree in history from San Jose State University; and a master's degree and doctorate in American history from Cornell University. His expertise includes political history, presidential politics, presidential war powers, social movements of the 20th century, social movements of the 1960s, civil rights and the history of American foreign policy. He has written two books on Robert F. Kennedy: In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia University Press, 2001); and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism (Pearson Longman, 2008). Professor Palermo has also written articles for anthologies on the life of Father Daniel Berrigan in The Human Tradition in America Since 1945 (Scholarly Resources Press, 2003); and on the Watergate scandal in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon (CQ Press, 2004).
Across the world, the early and mid-1970s were still years of political mobilization with everything seemingly an object of public controversy and conflict, including economic development, education, and family matters. Social movements called for the reduction of social inequalities, for participation, and the emancipation of various groups at the same time as the rise of ambitious and reform-oriented governments. Ten years later, a different world was emerging with the call for state-controlled social and economic changes in decline and new economic policies centred on liberation and deregulation taking their place. This book examines a range of explanations for this radical transformation, highlighting how economic problems, such as the oil crisis, political battles and dramatic confrontations resulted in a free-market-oriented conservatism by the end of the period.
Divided into nine broadly chronological chapters and taking a global approach that allows the reader to see the familiar themes of the decade examined on an international scale, The Global 1970s is essential reading for all students and scholars of twentieth-century global history.