Beyond the View from Euro-America

Ian Tyrrell

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:
Beyond the View from Euro-America

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This chapter addresses the suggestion that American historiography is deeply rooted in Europe more than actual American experience. It shows that this has resulted in nearly all explicit or implicit comparisons looking towards Europe. The discussion identifies other transnational patterns that point in another direction, toward the Pacific. It then elaborates a model based on settler societies and staple economies for writing U.S. history that is adjusted to several scales. The chapter stresses that any plan to internationalize American history must draw upon the histories of people from outside of Europe, and that the Atlantic perspectives should be a part of this.

Keywords: American historiography; American experience; transnational patterns; settler societies; staple economies; U.S. history; Atlantic perspectives

Chapter.  10570 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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