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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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American Foreign Relations in European Perspectives

American Foreign Relations in European Perspectives

Geopolitics and the Writing of History

(p.118) Chapter 6 American Foreign Relations in European Perspectives
Historians across Borders

Hans Krabbendam

Pauline Peretz

Mario Del Pero

Helle Porsdam

University of California Press

This chapter deals with transatlantic relationships by examining both diplomatic history and migration, mainly the former. It argues that the evolving geopolitical position of Europe toward the United States cannot but inform the European historiography of American foreign relations. American and European historians have developed different approaches to American geopolitics, it argues, largely because they have not shared the same paradigm of power, which is seen either as projection or as relation. American scholars tend to focus on the projection of U.S. power and its impact abroad; European scholars address the “relational” dimension and the way the interplay of influences between the United States and Europe can modify U.S. policies, as is also illustrated by the cultural dimensions of transatlantic connections. Increasingly, while the transatlantic paradigm is being supplanted by the transnational paradigm, the initial focus of European scholars on often-bilateral relationships is moving instead to global relationships of which both the United States and Europe are parts.

Keywords:   geopolitical, transatlantic, projection, relational, migration, cultural

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