Graduate Colloquium: Early American History in a Global Context
Fall 2012
Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ballantine Hall 335
Prof. Konstantin Dierks
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This course is meant to serve graduate students preparing for qualifying exams in American History from the 16th into the 19th century, 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 national history, colonial and postcolonial history, 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.

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