GABRIEL KOLKO TRIUMPH OF CONSERVATISM PDF

See wrightswriting. A far more profound book than the vast majority of scholarship on the Progressive Era. But the regulation itself was invariably controlled by leaders of the regulated industry, and directed toward ends they deemed acceptable or desirable. So big business desired federal regulation, in large part to reduce destructive competition between firms. Its leaders realized that only the national government could accomplish that purpose.

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Access options available:. In short, Professor Craven seems to espouse that comforting and quite humandualismcommon among historians--thatrevious explanations of history havebeen"relative," but that p thehistorian in question nowcandistinguish between thetransitory andrelative perspectives imposed by his era, and his own currentexplanations of history founded onlasting andnon-relative "facts.

The response of historians of the following generation to Professor Craven's viewsprovides a crucial testof theirintellectual understanding andtolerance. In like manner,it wouldseemto be a fundamental testfor historians of Professor Craven's generation whether theycandemonstrate intellectual understanding and tolerance towardthoseyounger historians who are dissatisfied eitherwith the conclusions or theresearch concepts andmethods of theirelders.

Theauthor isnotmerely playing semantic games. Heargues further that the dominant tendency in the economy at this time wastowardgreater competition ratherthan less. In orderto rationalize their industries and avoid disadvantages they couldnot preventotherwise, Dr.

Kolkowrites,powerful business leaders resorted to politics to get federalregulation that wasin their economic interest. Thereweretwokindsof federaleconomic regulation: informal understandings, whichvarious businesses workedout with Theodore Roosevelt; and"outright regulation andthecreation of administrative commissions intended tomaintain continuous supervision overphases oftheeconomy.

Federal regulation,then, was "p lit' al eapi ' ad o. It isanunusual thesis, toputit mildly, and to be ersuasive it requires unusually strongevidence and sharp,logical P development of theargument. The authordoes notpersuade thisreviewer. He is sensitive onthispointandasserts thatthebusinessmen heconsiders werethecritically important ones butdoes not document the assertion.

Kolko sometimes erects straw men in his criticism of other 6p. Forexample, it ish,,ardly a"commonly held conception" thattheyoung Theodore Roosevelt wasan anticorporate radical bidinghistime untilhewasPresident Whodoes hemean? He writesthemoffbecause theybelieved in theinevitability of capitalist centralization. Apparently theonlypeople besides the authorwhodid understand the erawerethe capitalists of whomhe writes,and Kolko's sympathies areclearly notwith thesecapitalists norpoliticians whocooperated withthem.

He evenbrings in MarxandWeber,at length, toshow how theywerewrong sofar asearlytwentieth-century America wasconcerned. This is not a modest book. Yetthebookhassome value. Theauthor hasresearched in animpressive array ofmanuscript collections, andsome ofhisevidence should disturb thecomplacency of historians whoareconfident aboutconventional interpretations.

Hereandthere in thebookthereadercanadmire theauthor's footwork in walkinganintellectual tightxope. Andit isrefreshing to Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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Access options available:. In short, Professor Craven seems to espouse that comforting and quite humandualismcommon among historians--thatrevious explanations of history havebeen"relative," but that p thehistorian in question nowcandistinguish between thetransitory andrelative perspectives imposed by his era, and his own currentexplanations of history founded onlasting andnon-relative "facts. The response of historians of the following generation to Professor Craven's viewsprovides a crucial testof theirintellectual understanding andtolerance. In like manner,it wouldseemto be a fundamental testfor historians of Professor Craven's generation whether theycandemonstrate intellectual understanding and tolerance towardthoseyounger historians who are dissatisfied eitherwith the conclusions or theresearch concepts andmethods of theirelders.

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