As editor of Modern Age in the 1960s, Eugene Davidson introduced each quarterly issue with a thought-provoking contemplation of one or another of the decades dizzying events. Gathered together here for the first time, the essays in Reflections on aMoreAs editor of Modern Age in the 1960s, Eugene Davidson introduced each quarterly issue with a thought-provoking contemplation of one or another of the decades dizzying events. Gathered together here for the first time, the essays in Reflections on a Disruptive Decade present an intellectual conservatives perspective on an era which, because it underscores so many of the political divisions still with us today, continues to hold our fascination.Davidson deals with the marvelous but confused realm of post- 1945 international politics, in which the American people faced a new enemy, one often baffling and terrifying.
The Cuban missile crisis was probably the most uncertain moment in foreign policy during this century. Although the crisis was resolved without bloodshed, there was intense danger of irrationality, for the Russians foolhardily had sent nuclear missiles to Cuba.Other topics Davidson addresses are the Civil Rights movement, the policies and programs of Lyndon Johnsons Great Society, and the East-West battles of ideology and arms in Europe, Vietnam, and the Middle East.
With remarkable shrewdness, Davidson illuminates many contradictions and excesses of the decades liberal ascendancy, and presciently detects signs pointing to a resurgence of the nations conservative forces.Although more than thirty years have passed, Davidsons essays still contain great clarity, and his appraisals are still keen.
Reflections on a Disruptive Decade is a truly remarkable addition to the work of this distinguished scholar.About the Author:Eugene Davidson is the author of numerous books, including The Death and Life of Germany, The Making of Adolf Hitler, The Unmaking of Adolf Hitler, The Trial of the Germans, and The Nuremberg Fallacy, all now available from the University of Missouri Press.
Davidson, who lives in Santa Barbara, California, is President Emeritus of the Conference on European Problems and former President of the Foundation for Foreign Affairs.