Graduate Colloquium: Globalizing American History
Spring 2011
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wylie 111
Prof. Konstantin Dierks
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This course is meant to serve graduate students doing exam preparation in American History of any time period, as well as those developing dissertation projects seeking to globalize American history.  Because the trend to globalize American history is an incipient one -- though rapidly gaining momentum -- we must begin by asking theoretical questions about the relationships between Atlantic history, hemispheric history, Pacific history, transnational history, and global history.  After comparing and analyzing these “geographical turns” in the writing of American history on a theoretical level, we will scrutinize some exemplary monographs with the aim of extracting the most effective teaching narratives, research programs, and writing techniques for the globalizing of American history.  Given the newness of the subject matter, we will be able to tailor the reading and writing to the collective needs of the class.

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