Graduate Colloquium: Early American History in a Global Context
Fall 2014
Wednesdays, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Woodburn Hall 204
Prof. Konstantin Dierks
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The trend to globalize Early American History is rapidly gaining momentum, though it is still in an experimental phase.  We will thus 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, 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.

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 broaden the study of American history.  Written work entails an annotated bibliography and a review essay.

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