Landscape lecture one 2009

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Landscape lecture one America as postcolonial and as transcivilizational nation Competing narratives of America asserting exceptionalism or postcoloniality • theme of American exceptionalism present from early stages of reflection America as a ‘city on a hill’ which sets the prime example of just governance to other nations of the world; American political system founded on principles of equality and freedom for its citizens; notions of freedom and equality that appear in early foundational texts involve a distinctive mixture of democratic and republican models of political power; Declaration of Independence and Constitution based upon consideration of these universally valid principles of justice • theme of America’s postcolonial status circulating in early texts as well Postcolonial nations as nations that still struggle with the legacy of colonial occupation, and that search to find their identity in both domestic and world affairs; postcolonial theory from the late twentieth century
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