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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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Beyond the View from Euro-America

Beyond the View from Euro-America

Environment, Settler Societies, and the Internationalization of American History

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(p.168) Seven Beyond the View from Euro-America
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Rethinking American History in a Global Age
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Ian Tyrrell

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230576.003.0008

This chapter addresses the suggestion that American historiography is deeply rooted in Europe more than actual American experience. It shows that this has resulted in nearly all explicit or implicit comparisons looking towards Europe. The discussion identifies other transnational patterns that point in another direction, toward the Pacific. It then elaborates a model based on settler societies and staple economies for writing U.S. history that is adjusted to several scales. The chapter stresses that any plan to internationalize American history must draw upon the histories of people from outside of Europe, and that the Atlantic perspectives should be a part of this.

Keywords:   American historiography, American experience, transnational patterns, settler societies, staple economies, U.S. history, Atlantic perspectives

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