The State of U.S. History

Overview

Historians are very much aware of the variety of national and international trends that have shaped historical inquiry in recent decades. Americanists, in particular, have been conscious of the growing importance of gender issues, the 'turban' to questions of language and meaning, the increasing significance of cultural matters, and a new emphasis on regional history. The 1990s, moreover, saw a major movement to internationalize approaches to American history by emphasizing comparisons with other countries and ...

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Overview

Historians are very much aware of the variety of national and international trends that have shaped historical inquiry in recent decades. Americanists, in particular, have been conscious of the growing importance of gender issues, the 'turban' to questions of language and meaning, the increasing significance of cultural matters, and a new emphasis on regional history. The 1990s, moreover, saw a major movement to internationalize approaches to American history by emphasizing comparisons with other countries and cultures. By the end of the twentieth century it was by no means clear whether there was any distinctive 'American' history or, if it did exist, what its main contours were.

This book brings together a distinguished international group of scholars in an effort to answer this key question through a sustained interrogation of the periods, themes, fields, problems and perspectives in historical writing on the United States. How have the intricate issues surrounding gender, race, slavery and civil rights been resolved and interpreted in recent American history? How have historians dealt with the complexities of events such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the New Deal in developing their historical narratives? In what ways have technological developments in industry, print and film influenced the questions historians ask?

The State of U.S. History offers an exciting introduction to the debates surrounding the major trends in American historical debates and the crucial events and influences that have helped define the American experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859735022
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Melvyn Stokes is a Senior Lecturer in American History, at the University College London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Writing the History of the American Revolution 23
2 Reshaping Society: American Social History from Revolution to Reconstruction 45
3 Rediscovering Jacksonian America 69
4 The Evangelical Surge and the Significance of Religion in the Early United States, 1783-1865 93
5 The New Deal in American Scholarship 115
6 Beyond the "Age of McCarthy": Anticommunism and the Historians 131
7 Segregation and Civil Rights: African American Freedom Strategies in the Twentieth Century 155
8 Industrial History: The State of the Art 179
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