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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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Where in the World Is America?

Where in the World Is America?

The History of the United States in the Global Age

(p.63) Three Where in the World Is America?
Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Charles Bright

Michael Geyer

University of California Press

This chapter speculates the global context and tries to locate the history of the United States within it. It explains that one should be careful not to absorb national history into global history, which is not universal, totalizing, and complete. The discussion focuses on three historical organizations of American sovereignty. It studies the centrality of the production of a sovereign territory during the nineteenth century, the partial deterritorialization of civil society since the Second World War, and the extension of production territory in the industrial area.

Keywords:   global context, United States, global history, national history, historical organizations, American sovereignty, sovereign territory, civil society, production territory

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