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Historians across BordersWriting American History in a Global Age$
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Nicolas Barreyre, Michael Heale, Stephen Tuck, and Cecile Vidal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279278

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279278.001.0001

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Watersheds in Time and Place

Watersheds in Time and Place

Writing American History in Europe

(p.3) Chapter 1 Watersheds in Time and Place
Historians across Borders

Michael Heale

Sylvia Hilton

Halina Parafianowicz

Paul Schor

Maurizio Vaudagna

University of California Press

This—intentionally longer—chapter presents an overview of the European historiography on the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present day, with more detail on the period since 1945. It explores both the common patterns across and the differences between the various European academies, and it identifies some of the recurring preoccupations in this scholarship, such as the privileged position accorded to American political and constitutional history and a fascination with the American experience of race. Perspectives change over time and vary according to place, and the chapter locates a number of chronological and geographical watersheds as this historiography has taken off in new directions. By localizing a perspective on the historiography on the United States at large, and by showing to what extent Europeans share common historiographical grounds with historians of the United States elsewhere, this chapter demonstrates that location—in Europe—has indeed made and continues to make significant differences to the patterns and purposes of U.S. historical writing.

Keywords:   historiography, World War II, Cold War, exceptionalism, consensus, New Left, globalization, transnational

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