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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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Viewing American History from Japan

Viewing American History from Japan

The Potential of Comparison

(p.189) Chapter 11 Viewing American History from Japan
Historians across Borders

Natsuki Aruga

University of California Press

This brief chapter in part 4 is one of the commentaries on the volume, in this case by a leading Japanese scholar. The author outlines the situation of U.S. history in Japan in comparison with the findings for Europe. She also reflects on the meaning of her own work in the context of mainstream American history written by U.S. historians. She argues, partly with reference to examples from her research, that foreign scholars can make distinctive contributions to the field. Foreignness can be a useful tool for uncovering aspects of a nation’s history that have been overlooked, not least that of the United States.

Keywords:   Japanese, comparison, foreignness

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