America's Transatlantic Turn: Theodore Roosevelt and the by H. Krabbendam, J. Thompson

By H. Krabbendam, J. Thompson

This assortment makes use of Theodore Roosevelt to shape a clean method of the heritage people and ecu relatives, arguing that the easiest position to seem for the origins of the trendy transatlantic courting is in Roosevelt's lifestyles and profession.

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That summer Elliott and Theodore would live with the Minckwitzz family where they would be immersed in German language and culture. Pride and Prejudice 23 The choice of Germany, and Dresden in particular, was no accident. In the nineteenth century, German was the language of literature, history, and science. As George Templeton Strong had noted, the German people were considered sober, cultured, and industrious. Unlike the French and Italians, they were also mostly Protestant. With unification having taken place onlyy two years before, the German Empire was an important European power.

It is on this point of “character” that Roosevelt recognized similarities and differences in American and European civilization. Although Europeans and white Americans could claim a common biological heritage, and even some cultural similarities derived from Christian ethics and self-imposed honor codes, Roosevelt’s neo-Lamarckian theory dictated that US “character” was uniquely different, shaped by the exceptional American environment. The “backwoodsman” of colonial America is perhaps Roosevelt’s greatest example of this.

C. 20540 USA. neo-Lamarckian idea of voluntarily acquiring traits preserved the possibility that past civilizations played an active and significant role in shapingg new civilizations. Thus, survival was as much about reproducing successfully as it was about wielding traits that successive generations would find necessary. This conviction is clear in Roosevelt’s 1895 review of British sociologist Benjamin Kidd’s book Social Evolution. In his review, Roosevelt criticized Kidd’s conclusion that “natural selection” was the ultimate factor in determining evolution.

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