» » The roots of American order
eBook The roots of American order download
Politics
Author: Russell Kirk
ISBN: 0932612091
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Pages 534 pages
Publisher Pepperdine University Press (1981)
Language English
Category: Politics
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 616
ePUB size: 1862 kb
FB2 size: 1953 kb
DJVU size: 1455 kb
Other formats: lrf doc txt rtf

eBook The roots of American order download

by Russell Kirk


So observes Russell Kirk, noting that "they assume, however vaguely, that certain principles of justice exist, and that life has purpose of some sort.

Russell Kirk, the traditionalist conservative and professor at Hillsdale College in Michigan, in 1974 wrote this 476-page attempt to summarize the intellectual and moral movements that are summed up in modern America. There are a lot of ideas here that are new to me - that the ideal society summarized in Plato's Republic is actually a metaphor for how a just man governs himself; that Roman Stoicism was somehow "the porch to Christianity;" that James II and George III were the real revolutionaries stymied by ies, or at least were.

In this classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth. His analytical narrative might be called a tale of five cities : Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and Philadelphia.

In this classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have .

In this classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the . For an understanding of the significance of America at the dawn of a new century, Russell Kirk’s masterpiece on the history of American civilization is unsurpassable.

The book is now published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI Books).

The book is now published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI Books)

First came the Hebrews, who recognized a purposeful moral existence under God. For the prophets, the hill-town of Jerusalem was the eternal city for salvation.

Russell Kirk was perhaps the most distinguished American conservative writer of the twentieth century. Published by Thriftbooks

Russell Kirk was perhaps the most distinguished American conservative writer of the twentieth century. Published by Thriftbooks. Its scope stretches the history of the western hemisphere but its readability is surprisingly lucid.

The writing of this fat book was made possible by Pepperdine University and its benefactors.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE. The writing of this fat book was made possible by Pepperdine University and its benefactors. Mr. Romuald Gantkowski, of that university, courteously prodded me into completing the labor. The typescript was read and criticized by Dr. Warren Fleischauer, Dr. Regis Courtemanche, Dr. Henry Fairbanks, Mr. Michael Joyce, Mr. Sherwood J. B. Sugden, and Dr. Jim Johnson; I am grateful to them.

What holds America together? In this classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth.

Flocton
I don't know the person or people who recommended this book to me, but I am glad my mom passed on the recommendation. Russell Kirk, the traditionalist conservative and professor at Hillsdale College in Michigan, in 1974 wrote this 476-page attempt to summarize the intellectual and moral movements that are summed up in modern America. There are a lot of ideas here that are new to me -- that the ideal society summarized in Plato's Republic is actually a metaphor for how a just man governs himself; that Roman Stoicism was somehow "the porch to Christianity;" that James II and George III were the real revolutionaries stymied by counter-revolutionaries, or at least were perceived that way. The book only begins to become controversial in the last 20 pages or so with the discussion of pioneer of Catholic social teaching Orestes Brownson, whose books may be worth reading after all. Kirk never has a good word to say about Richard Nixon or a bad word to say about Lyndon Johnson or Franklin Roosevelt. His cause, unlike that of today's "conservatives," is bigger than any individual politician. I disagree with him about the desirability of social democracy (which I see as Western civilization's proudest achievement) but this is still a very good book.
Naril
An expansive view of the Western world, and a debunking of a whole host of popular myth. Kirk's erudition and integrative perspective come together beautifully in RoAO. He does a great job creating an overall narrative and framework, while keeping things interesting and varied by diving into specific individual's stories. The combined high-level story/fine-level detail kept me engaged.

Especially for those of us who will never have the time to make a dent in the vast bibliography, this is an excellent synopsis. But it is more than a synopsis, it is a story and a point of view.

Even for my non-American friends, particularly those from the English-speaking countries, there is a lot here for you, too.
Meztisho
So, many Americans simply think that a herd of great men just decided to go to Philadelphia in 1787, and invented all the great and good ideas which became the U. S. Constitution? Russell Kirk accurately traces our real foundings, dating back to the Greeks and Romans. Cicero was an early commentator on Natural Law and Constitutional forms. His philosophy greatly, and properly, influenced European, then subsequently, American Constitutional thought and action. But more than this, his historical view through the ages of Conservative philosophy, as opposed to politcal leanings, is what really pleased me. Many of today's so-called conservative politicians should invest in the philosophy of Conservative thought and action. The beliefs should drive the politics; not the other way around. Kirk has provided us with THE work on the genesis of Americanism through the ages. Get this book!
Kirizius
An exceptionally well written history of the ideas that shaped our American order. As Russell Kirk summarizes it is a story of five cities. Jerusalem for the revealed source of order -- Athens for arts and science -- Rome for government -- London where these influences grew and coalesced -- Philadelphia where the American order, society and government was birthed. The ideas are clearly presented and connections become so obvious that this reader is embarassed to admit he had not previously apprehended or appreciated them.
If you missed American (and to a certain extent western civilization) history in your education -- this book is worth your time.
iSlate
Russell Kirk stands out as the premiere authority on how God and natures God incorporated order and design in to the universe. The order that is so necessary that without it mankind cannot and will not survive.
This book can only be for anyone who in willing to acknowledge the wonders of the universe.
Qiahmagha
Russell Kirk explains how 4 major cities played a major role in the founding of America. Russell takes the reader to Jerusalem for America's moral frame work; to Athens for her philosophical makeup; to Rome for her legal frame-work; to London to establish her progenitors.
Not an easy read; but very rewarding in understanding and appreciating our Founding Fathers as they looked way back into history; as they pondered, debated, prayed and depended on the wisdom of God to help them create a new country and a new Constitution, built on the framework of these marvelous 4 major cities that played such a significant role in history past! Anybody who would like to know more about America's soul and what she stands for, as the founders intended, should read this book...that is my humble opinion.
Runeterror
Mr. Kirk has a great work here that puts history into perspective. He has written this work for those like me who want the meat and potatoes without all the frills.
A must read for every American who cares for this country.