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History and Utopia:
A Study of the World View of James Fenimore Cooper

Allan M. Axelrad
(University of Pennsylvania)

Norwood, PA: Norwood Editions, 1978
Limited to 200 Copies

© 1978, Allan M. Axelrad
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Advisory Committee: Hennig Cohen; Robert Lucid.
Dedication: To three beautiful people whose love and forebearance made this study possible: Patricia, Wendy, and Harriet.

"It is now apparent to me that the often-repeated view of Cooper as a liberal turned conservative is stridently out of accord with the record of his thought as it is revealed in his own words in his novels, letters, and non-fiction. By contrast, the picture that emerges is of a coherent and consistent conservatism -- a profound conservatism that issues from a theological evaluation of man's essential nature, and which extends from the religious sphere to all walks of life. What I have written is a brief in defense of my findings."

Allan M. Axelrad (Preface, p. ix)

Table of Contents
Preface vii
Chapter One The Crater: An Introduction to Cooper's World View 1
Chapter Two History and Social Change 49
Chapter Three The Continuity and Consistency of Cooper's World View 81
Chapter Four Proximate Utopia 115
Chapter Five Proximate Anti-Utopia 165
Chapter Six History and Faith 205
Index 223

Note: Footnotes are numbered separately in each chapter.

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