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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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Transnationalism and the Challenge to National Histories

Transnationalism and the Challenge to National Histories

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Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Prasenjit Duara

University of California Press

This chapter examines the limits and alterations that can occur from framing histories too tightly as national narratives. The author argues that history and the nation have historically mutually constituted each other, and that a historian must place himself outside of this process. This should be done in order to get some perspective on the ways history makes national subjects and the ways the nation structures historical thinking. The chapter uses information taken from regional literature of the “borderlands” of Second World War Manchuria and of the United States. The discussion illustrates how complicated the relationship between politics, place, culture, and nation is.

Keywords:   national narratives, framing history, historian, historical thinking, regional literature

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