Where in the World Is America?

Charles Bright and Michael Geyer

in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936034 | DOI:
Where in the World Is America?

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This chapter speculates the global context and tries to locate the history of the United States within it. It explains that one should be careful not to absorb national history into global history, which is not universal, totalizing, and complete. The discussion focuses on three historical organizations of American sovereignty. It studies the centrality of the production of a sovereign territory during the nineteenth century, the partial deterritorialization of civil society since the Second World War, and the extension of production territory in the industrial area.

Keywords: global context; United States; global history; national history; historical organizations; American sovereignty; sovereign territory; civil society; production territory

Chapter.  17588 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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