Rethinking American History in a Global Age / Edition 1

Rethinking American History in a Global Age / Edition 1

by Thomas Bender
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520230582

ISBN-13: 9780520230583

Pub. Date: 05/14/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

"One eloquent essay after another, some of the wisest historians of our time write American history in a grand cosmopolitan context. From the era of discovery to the present, histories that we thought we knew—of labor, of race relations, of politics, of gender relations, of diplomacy, of ethnicity—are more richly understood when causes and consequences…  See more details below

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"One eloquent essay after another, some of the wisest historians of our time write American history in a grand cosmopolitan context. From the era of discovery to the present, histories that we thought we knew—of labor, of race relations, of politics, of gender relations, of diplomacy, of ethnicity—are more richly understood when causes and consequences are traced throughout the globe. One emerges invigorated, ready to welcome a new American history for a new international century."-Linda K. Kerber, author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies:Women and the Obligations of Citizenship
"Rethinking American History in a Global Age is an extremely stimulating and thought-provoking collection of essays written by leading historians who offer wider contexts for illuminating the traditional themes and issues of American national history. Particularly impressive is the book's combination of caution and original, sometimes daring insights."-David Brion Davis, author of In the Image of God:Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery
"For decades American historians have been urging one another to place our culture in comparative or transnational perspective. Thomas Bender's unique volume includes not only essays theorizing such efforts and essays exemplifying such work at its most successful and its most provocative, it also provides more skeptical assessments questioning whether American historians can meet the challenge of overcoming our longstanding national preoccupations. Rethinking American History in a Global Age is an indispensable book that will shape the work of a rising generation of historians whose horizons will extend beyond our own shores."-James T. Kloppenberg, author of The Virtues of Liberalism

Author Biography:Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of Intellect and Public Life:Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States (1993), New York Intellect:A History of Intellectual Life in New York City, from 1750 to the Beginnings of Our Own Time (1988), and Community and Social Change in America (1978) and the editor of The Antislavery Debate:Capitalism and Abolitionism as a Problem in Historical Interpretation (California, 1992).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520230583
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/14/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Historians, the Nation, and the Plenitude of Narratives1
Pt. IHistoricizing the Nation23
1Transnationalism and the Challenge to National Histories25
2Internationalizing International History47
3Where in the World Is America? The History of the United States in the Global Age63
Pt. IINew Historical Geographies and Temporalities101
4International at the Creation: Early Modern American History103
5How the West Was One: The African Diaspora and the Re-Mapping of U.S. History123
6Time and Revolution in African America: Temporality and the History of Atlantic Slavery148
7Beyond the View from Euro-America: Environment, Settler Societies, and the Internationalization of American History168
Pt. IIIOpening the Frame193
8From Euro- and Afro-Atlantic to Pacific Migration System: A Comparative Migration Approach to North American History195
9Framing U.S. History: Democracy, Nationalism, and Socialism236
10An Age of Social Politics250
11The Age of Global Power274
12American Empire and Cultural Imperialism: A View from the Receiving End295
Pt. IVThe Constraints of Practice315
13Do American Historical Narratives Travel?317
14The Modernity of America and the Practice of Scholarship343
15The Exhaustion of Enclosures: A Critique of Internationalization367
16The Historian's Use of the United States and Vice Versa381
AppParticipants in the La Pietra Conferences, 1997-2000397
Contributors401
Index405

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