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History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History

History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History

by Dana Lindaman, Kyle Ward
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History Lessons offers a lighthearted and fascinating challenge to the biases we bring to our understanding of American history. The subject of widespread attention when it was first published in 2004—including a full front-page review in the Washington Post Book World and features on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the History Channel—this book gives us a glimpse into classrooms across the globe, where opinions about the United States are first formed.

Heralded as “timely and important” ( History News Network ) and “shocking and fascinating” ( New York Times ), History Lessons includes selections from Russia, France, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Canada, and others, covering such events as the American Revolution, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iran hostage crisis, and the Korean War, providing an alternative history of the United States from the Viking explorers to the post–Cold War era.

By juxtaposing starkly contrasting versions of the historical events we take for granted, History Lessons affords us a sometimes hilarious, often sobering look at what the world learns about America’s past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595580825
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 07/04/2006
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 481,275
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dana Lindaman is studying Romance philology at Harvard University, focusing on the formation of French identity in secondary school textbooks.

Kyle Ward is an assistant professor of history and political science at Vincennes University in Indiana. He is the author of In the Shadow of Glory.

Table of Contents

Editors' Notexiii
Part IThe New World and a New American Nation
1.Viking Exploration: Norway, Canada3
2.Columbus: Cuba, Caribbean6
3.British Exploration: Great Britain, Canada13
4.Puritans: Great Britain17
5.French and Indian War: Great Britain, Caribbean, Canada21
6.Government in Colonial America: Great Britain29
7.The American Revolution: Great Britain, France, Canada, Caribbean, Germany33
Part IIWestward Expansion
8.The War of 1812: Great Britain, Canada, Caribbean51
9.The Monroe Doctrine: Great Britain, Brazil, Caribbean, Mexico, France57
10.Manifest Destiny: Canada, Mexico, Brazil65
11.Texas and the Mexican-American Wars: Mexico72
12.Slavery: Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Portugal, Great Britain, Mexico79
13.The Civil War: Canada, Great Britain, Mexico92
14.Immigration: Japan, Canada, Norway, Ireland, Italy101
Part IIIA World Power
15.Opening of Japan: Japan109
16.The Spanish-American War: Spain, Philippines, Cuba, Caribbean111
17.Philippine-American War: Philippines123
18.Boxer Rebellion: China (Hong Kong), Japan, Great Britain127
19.U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Caribbean133
Part IVWorld War I
20.Causes of World War I: France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain149
21.The Great War: France, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Germany158
22.Aftermath of the War: Germany, France, Nigeria, Great Britain168
23.Invasion of Russia: Japan, Great Britain175
24.The Treaty of Versailles: Germany, Japan, Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy177
Part VThe Great Depression and World War II
25.The Great Depression: Russia, France, Caribbean193
26.World War II: Europe: Great Britain, Germany, Russia202
27.D-Day and the Liberation of Europe: Great Britain, Canada, France, Italy214
28.Resistance: France, Italy, Germany222
29.World War II: Pacific Theater: Philippines, Japan228
30.The Atomic Bomb: Japan, Philippines, Canada, Great Britain, Italy238
Part VIThe Cold War
31.The Origins of the Cold War: Canada, Russia, Great Britain247
32.The United Nations: Great Britain, Russia, Canada256
33.The Cuban Revolution: Cuba261
34.Korean War: North Korea, South Korea, Great Britain, Russia, Canada, Japan265
35.NATO: Great Britain, Russia, Canada278
36.McCarthyism: Canada, France281
37.Suez Canal: Great Britain, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia285
38.The Cuban Missile Crisis: Cuba, Russia, Canada, Caribbean297
39.The Pueblo Incident: North Korea307
40.The Vietnam War: France, Vietnam, Canada310
41.The End of the Cold War: France, Russia, Canada318
Part VIIModern Times
42.The Hostage Crisis in Iran: Iran325
43.Nicaragua in the 1980s: Nicaragua, Canada329
44.Apartheid: Zimbabwe333
45.Free Trade: Canada, Mexico, Japan336
46.U.S.-Philippine Relations: Philippines342
47.Cuban-American Relations: Cuba345
48.The Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, France, Israel, Syria347
49.Nuclear Weapons in North Korea: North Korea372
50.A New World Order: France376
A Translation385

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