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Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Edited by Thomas Bender

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230576.001.0001
Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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In rethinking and reframing the American national narrative in a wider context, the chapters in this book ask questions about both nationalism and the discipline of history itself. They offer fresh ways of thinking about the traditional themes and periods of American history. By locating the study of American history in a transnational context, the chapters examine the history of nation making and the relation of the United States to other nations and to transnational developments. What is now called globalization is here placed in a historical context. The book examines the historiographical implications of such a reframing and offers alternative interpretations of large questions of American history ranging from the era of European contact to democracy and reform, from environmental and economic development and migration experiences to issues of nationalism and identity. But the largest issue explored is basic to all histories: How does one understand, teach, and write a national history even as one recognizes that the territorial boundaries do not fully contain that history, and that within that bounded territory the society is highly differentiated, marked by multiple solidarities and identities?

Keywords: national narrative; nationalism; American history; nation making; transnational developments; globalization; environmental economic development; migration

Book.  436 pages. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Internationalizing International History in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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Where in the World Is America? in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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International at the Creation in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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How the West Was One in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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Time and Revolution in African America in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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Beyond the View from Euro-America in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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Framing U.S. History in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

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