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Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State Paperback – March 27, 2009
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“This wide-ranging and incisive set of studies makes an invaluable contribution to the debate of the American empire. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”—K. Kumar, Choice
“Colonial Crucible is an impressive compilation of original research. It is essential reading for anyone interested in colonialism, internationalism, and transnationalism involving the ‘United States of the world.’”—Hiroshi Kitamura, Journal of American History
“[Colonial Crucible] defies America’s denial of its imperial past while also questioning the limits of American exceptionalism in American historiography and American studies. . . . an impressive, remarkable and exciting achievement.”—CENTRO
“Colonial Crucible should end any discussion as to whether the category ‘empire’ applies to the United States. In this exceptionally coherent set of essays, the editors make good their subtitle, for this is the most exacting account that one could wish about the way in which empire made America and, in particular, the American state. This book, appropriately, is dedicated to William Appleman Williams, whose early challenge to the complacency of American exceptionalist historiography Colonial Crucible honors and extends.”—Marilyn Young, Pacific Historical Review
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