Synopses & Reviews
In this stimulating and highly original study of the writing of American history, twenty-four scholars from eleven European countries explore the impact of writing history from abroad. Six distinguished scholars from around the world add their commentaries.
Arguing that historical writing is conditioned, crucially, by the place from which it is written, this volume identifies the formative impact of a wide variety of institutional and cultural factors that are commonly overlooked. Examining how American history is written from Europe, the contributors shed light on how history is written in the United States and, indeed, on the way history is written anywhere. The innovative perspectives included in Historians across Borders are designed to reinvigorate American historiography as the rise of global and transnational history is creating a critical need to understand the impact of place on the writing and teaching of history.
This book is designed for students in historiography, global and transnational history, and related courses in the United States and abroad, for US historians, and for anyone interested in how historians work.
"Historians across Borders . . . succeeds in raising methodological and professional questions that affect not only European scholars of the United States but also the American historical community."
About the Author
is Associate Professor in American History at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris and author of The Politics of Economic Crises: The Panic of 1873, the End of Reconstruction, and the Realignment of American Politics
Michael Heale is Emeritus Professor of American History at Lancaster University, a member of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, and author of Contemporary America: Power, Dependency and Globalization since 1980 (2011).
Stephen Tuck is University Lecturer in American History at the University of Oxford and author of We Ain't What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama (2010).
Cécile Vidal is Associate Professor of History at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), director of the Center for North American Studies, and editor of Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World (2013).
Table of Contents
Preface: Location and History
Nicolas Barreyre, Michael Heale, Stephen Tuck, and Cécile Vidal
Part One. Historiography
1. Watersheds in Time and Place: Writing American History in Europe
Michael Heale, Sylvia Hilton, Halina Parafianowicz, Paul Schor, and Maurizio Vaudagna
Part Two. Structures and Context
2. Using the American Past for the Present: European Historians and the Relevance of Writing American History
Tibor Frank, Martin Klimke, and Stephen Tuck
3. Institutions, Careers, and the Many Paths of U.S. History in Europe
Max Edling, Vincent Michelot, Jörg Nagler, Sandra Scanlon, and Irmina Wawrzyczek
4. Straggling Intellectual Worlds: Positionality and the Writing of American History
Nicolas Barreyre, Manfred Berg, and Simon Middleton
Part Three. Internationalization(s) of U.S. History
5. Writing American History from Europe: The Elusive Substance of the Comparative Approach
Susanna Delfino and Marcus Gräser
6. American Foreign Relations in European Perspectives: Geopolitics and the Writing of History
7. Location and the Conceptualization of Historical Frameworks: Early American History and Its Multiple Reconfigurations in the United States and in Europe 00
Trevor Burnard and Cécile Vidal
Part Four. Perspectives from Elsewhere
8. Positionality, Ambidexterity, and Global Frames
9. Reflections from Russia
10. Doing U.S. History in Australia: A Comparative Perspective
11. Viewing American History from Japan: The Potential of Comparison
12. Not Quite at Home: Writing American History in Denmark
David E. Nye
13. American History in the Shadow of Empire: A Plea for Marginality
List of Contributors