Do American Historical Narratives Travel?

François Weil

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:
Do American Historical Narratives Travel?

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This chapter aims to determine if the historical narratives of America travel to other countries in the world. The discussion shows that American historiography does not travel well, despite its sophistication, quantity, and quality. It also reveals that it does not have a significant impact on other historiographies. The influence American historiography has outside of the country and the factors that discourage exportation are explored. The chapter determines that there are some American historical narratives which are exported, and concludes that the relationship between American Americanists and foreign Americanists depends on the development of a more demanding interaction between them.

Keywords: historical narratives; American historiography; exportation; American Americanists; foreign Americanists

Chapter.  11998 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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