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By W.J. Gavin

During this 12 months of bicentennial get together, there'll doubtless occur a number of cultural analyses of the yank culture. this is often in simple terms appropriately, for with no an in depth, broad-based inquiry into the place we have now come from, we will absolutely now not foresee the place we'd pass. still, such a lot cultural analyses of the yankee context be afflicted by a standard fault - the shortcoming of a special context to take advantage of for reasons of comparability. precise, American values and beliefs have been in part inherited from the eu culture. yet that culture is in lots of methods an insufficient mode of comparability. with out going too a ways afield, allow us to notice issues: first, eu tradition was once the proud heir of the Renaissance culture, and, going again nonetheless additional, of classical tradition; moment, the eu international locations are compact. Their land lots are such that the thought of "frontier" easily should not have arisen within the comparable method because it did in the US. at the different part of the globe, in spite of the fact that, there does exist a rustic able to serving as an appropriate reflect. We converse, in fact, of Russia. That nation additionally got here fairly past due onto the cultural horizon, and used to be now not aware of the Renaissance culture. in addition, her land mass is equivalent to to be "experi­ mentally infmite" in personality - no longer in contrast to the yankee frontier. it's was hoping that a lot should be leamed in regards to the current cultural context through com­ paring the 2 nations of their younger levels.

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