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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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Not Quite at Home

Not Quite at Home

Writing American History in Denmark

(p.198) Chapter 12 Not Quite at Home
Historians across Borders

David E. Nye

University of California Press

This brief chapter in part 4 is one of the commentaries on the volume, in this case by an American scholar who has made his career in Europe. The author reflects on his own experiences, on the intellectual stimulation made possible by the new framework of perception and comparison, and on the Scandinavian variant of the treatment of American history (a “third way”). He thought about his research in new ways and developed a kind of split identity, which meant that he learned to be comparative, to interpret and explain the United States to Europeans, and to tackle larger topics for Americans, written from the outside looking in.

Keywords:   Nordic, comparative, bicultural

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