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Rethinking American History in a Global Age$
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Thomas Bender

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230576

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230576.001.0001

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Do American Historical Narratives Travel?

Do American Historical Narratives Travel?

(p.316) (p.317) Thirteen Do American Historical Narratives Travel?
Rethinking American History in a Global Age

François Weil

University of California Press

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

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