US History in International Context

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The list author says: "This is a list to accompany my teaching guide on Internationalizing US history to appear on teachinghistory.org. The list focuses on titles that try to tell a large swath of history - over 100 years. For more chronologically compact studies see my other list: "US History in International Context Chronologically"

This list is ordered as follows:
#1-6) Survey or edited texts that set out to internationalize US history. 1-5 are from leading proponents of internationalizing.
#7-14) Global or regional texts. Several focused on one or two aspects of history: empire, environment, demographics. This list does not include world history texts or readers. For a list of those please see: http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/courses/world_history_textbook_list.html
#14+15) These are the texts I recommend for internationalizing on your own
#15-28) Survey texts of various aspects of US history of over 100 years - ordered chronologically whenever possible.
#28-30) Three ethnicities histories in the US. Obviously, every group in the US has an international story.
#31-33) Commodities - banana, cod, and fur. Could have been many more...
#34-37) Places that can be internationalized. Could contain almost anywhere. New York or Savannah or San Francisco or Santa Fe or . . .
#38-40) Teaching texts. Of particular note is #38 - see the bibliography chapter for more texts and resources.

Things missing from the list: An atlas. I found none that was transnational or global throughout. Readers. See the list in the bibliography of my article for a partial list. Indian history. See Daniel Richter's _Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America_, Richard White's _The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815_, and Pekka Hamalainen's _Comanche Empire_ So top of the fold is not too bad. Easily searchable.

Comments? Email @ worldhistoryteacher at hotmail.com."
Rethinking American History in a Global Age
1.  Rethinking American History in a Global Age by Thomas Bender
The list author says:
  "First work coming out of La Pietra.  Scholarly, but rewarding.  Gives overview of many trends in internationalizing US history.  Essential for the student of internationalizing US history."
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America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History
2.  America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History by Organization of American Historians
The list author says:
  "A collection of essays originally published in the Magazine of History.  Many are usable with AP students.  Shows the variety of topics internationalization can consider."
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A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History
3.  A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History by Thomas Bender
The list author says:
  "Very readable. Example of how one of the leaders of the internationalizing US history movement contextualizes six eras.  Shows that it is easy to do.  Along with Tyrell's _Transnational Nation_ and Guaneri's _America in the World_ it is seen as an essential text."
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Transnational Nation: United States History in Global Perspective since 1789
4.  Transnational Nation: United States History in Global Perspective since 1789 by Ian R. Tyrrell
The list author says:
  "A must have work in the field of internationalizing US history.  More scholarly than Bender's _A Nation Among Nations_."
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America in the World: United States History in Global Context (Explorations in World History)
5.  America in the World: United States History in Global Context (Explorations in World History) by Carl Guarneri
The list author says:
  "Along with Bender's _A Nation Among Nations_ and Tyrell's _Transnational Nation_ this is one of the places to start.  This is set up as a course supplement.  It is comprehensive.  What it sometimes lacks in depth it makes up in breadth.  Good for an overview of how nearly all US history can be "internationalized.""
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America and the World: Culture, Commerce, Conflict
6.  America and the World: Culture, Commerce, Conflict by Lawrence A. Peskin
The list author says:
  "I have not read this but it seems promising based on the article written by the two authors in AHA's Perspectives:  http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2011/1111/1111tea1.cfm"
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Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference
7.  Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference by Jane Burbank
The list author says:
  "Broad overview of empires throughout history.  Has a comparison between US and Russian land based empire."
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Cultures in Contact: World Migrations in the Second Millennium (Comparative and International Working-Class History)
8.  Cultures in Contact: World Migrations in the Second Millennium (Comparative and International Working-Class History) by Dirk Hoerder
The list author says:
  "3 solid chapters focusing on North American immigration while the rest of the book focuses on everywhere else.  Great for comparison and contextualization."
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Civilization: The West and the Rest
9.  Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson
The list author says:
  "This is a Western Civ overview.  Useful in seeing how US history fits into the larger history of Western Civ."
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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
10.  1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
The list author says:
  "An update on Alfred Crosby's The Columbian Exchange.  Monumental.  This is a sort of sequel to 1491 which is on my other list.  Although titled 1493 it ranges to the present."
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The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492, 30th Anniversary Edition
11.  The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492, 30th Anniversary Edition by Alfred W. Crosby
The list author says:
  "The book that named the process "the Columbian exchange."  Opens up the realm of often inadvertent biological exchange between the Old World and the New."
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The Americas: A Hemispheric History (Modern Library Chronicles)
12.  The Americas: A Hemispheric History (Modern Library Chronicles) by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
The list author says:
  "A useful comparison of British North America and Latin America"
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The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914
13.  The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914 by C. A. Bayly
The list author says:
  "Impressive world history of the long 19th Century."
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The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
14.  The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events by Bernard Grun
The list author says:
  "Shows the events of the world in a grid categorized by theme.  The whole table is chronological.  A logical starting point for beginning internationalization."
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The Annals of America (Encyclopedia Brittanica, Vols 1-21 plus Introduction book)
15.  The Annals of America (Encyclopedia Brittanica, Vols 1-21 plus Introduction book) by Mortimer J. Adler
The list author says:
  "The place to go for primary sources.  A good starting place for looking for international sources throughout US history.  The Annals are now available as a database through Encyclopedia Brittanica:  america.eb.com/"
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A History of the United States, from the discovery of the American Continent to the present time. [Brought down to 1782 only.]: VII
16.  A History of the United States, from the discovery of the American Continent to the present time. [Brought down to 1782 only.]: VII by George Bancroft Historian.
The list author says:
  "Perhaps not the first, but arguable the finest early example of internationalizing US history.  Back then (1834), it came naturally."
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Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History: 1585-1828
17.  Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History: 1585-1828 by Walter A. McDougall
The list author says:
  "A US history survey in several volumes (two so far).  This, the first, portrays Americans as "hustlers" in every sense of the word and does an excellent job of bringing out the foreignness of what was the US (FWIW, the second volume, Throes of Democracy does not do this)."
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A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
18.  A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
The list author says:
  "A multicultural history of the United States often overlooked in textbooks.  A good way to enlarge one's perspective on many topics of internationalization."
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The Story of American Freedom (Norton Paperback)
19.  The Story of American Freedom (Norton Paperback) by Eric Foner
The list author says:
  "Much more global than would be expected.  Reads as if a journalist wrote it."
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Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
20.  Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin
The list author says:
  "A very useful tome on North American slavery with plenty of charts and figures."
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American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1
21.  American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1 by Alan Taylor
The list author says:
  "An account of all the settlers to North America.  The list is limited to 40 titles.  One should also check out David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed in conjunction with this title to get a cornucopia of ideas to teach this era."
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Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Reinterpreting History)
22.  Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Reinterpreting History) by Jack P. Greene
The list author says:
  "A state of the field, broadly chronological, discussion of the uses of Atlantic history.  Does show tension between internationalizing smaller / national history and world history."
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Atlantic History: Concept and Contours
23.  Atlantic History: Concept and Contours by Bernard Bailyn
The list author says:
  "Must read in the "Atlanticizing" field from arguably the leading scholar in the field."
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Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776
24.  Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776 by Walter A. McDougall
The list author says:
  "American foreign policy from a conservative historian's viewpoint."
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Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (American Empire Project)
25.  Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (American Empire Project) by Greg Grandin
The list author says:
  "Latin America as special focus on US imperialism."
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Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
26.  Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer
The list author says:
  "A portrayal of American foreign intervention as active and vigorous.  Used to support the author's thesis that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was nothing new."
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A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
27.  A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
The list author says:
  "America's relationship with genocide."
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Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Updated and Revised Edition
28.  Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Updated and Revised Edition by Ronald Takaki
The list author says:
  "Asian American history of the United States."
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Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986
29.  Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986 by David Montejano
The list author says:
  "Monumental work on Texas.  Includes trans-national perspectives.  Groundbreaking in Borderlands scholarship.  Useful to use with Arnold De Leon's _They Called Them Greasers_.  Also check out Ronald Takaki's _A Different Mirror's_ chapter on same topic."
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Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
30.  Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan González
The list author says:
  "A broad survey of Latinos in the US"
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Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
31.  Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America by Eric Jay Dolin
The list author says:
  "The impact of the beaver pelts among others in Canada and the US.  See the same author's book on whaling: Leviathan and his other text on America's encounter with China."
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Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
32.  Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel
The list author says:
  "The history of the banana.  Readable, written by a journalist.  Contains many issues to internationalize your course - consumer culture, Columbian exchange, international business, and American empire, among others."
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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
33.  Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
The list author says:
  "Title says it all.  With more than adequate US focus.  Same author has book on Oysters, the Basque (which has North American connections), and the fishing town of Gloucester in Massachusetts among many others.  His 1968 is on my other list."
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Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory
34.  Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory by Nancy Lusignan Schultz
The list author says:
  "Edited volume that looks at Salem from several different perspectives: history, architecture, literature.  Most essays touch upon Salem's internationalism others explore it directly.  See also:  http://hnn.us/node/4762"
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Let the Sea Make a Noise...: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur
35.  Let the Sea Make a Noise...: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur by Walter A. McDougall
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  "Selections of North Pacific history.  Readable and useful in seeing the Pacific as a region to be studied."
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Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones
36.  Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones by Gary Y. Okihiro
The list author says:
  "Places island world in a larger context.  Like Island World this text has many useful visuals."
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Island World: A History of Hawai'i and the United States
37.  Island World: A History of Hawai'i and the United States by Gary Y. Okihiro
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  "Hawaii.  As much a part of world history as US history.  BUT DEFINITELY part of US history.  Useful visuals."
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Teaching American History in a Global Context
38.  Teaching American History in a Global Context by Carl J. Guarneri
The list author says:
  "Teachers wanting to internationalize your course begin here.  This excellent survey covers all the bases at least once - syllabi currently used (2008), strategies, lesson plans, and an excellent resources for further study.  Hopefully a follow-up edition is coming soon (like Heidi Roupp's World History resource books from the same publisher)."
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The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration
39.  The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration by Bill Bigelow
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  "Readings, lessons, and activities for teaching about Mexican immigration.  An open borders preference is noticeable throughout."
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History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History
40.  History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History by Dana Lindaman
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  "An interesting selection of how foreign textbooks cover topics in US history textbooks.  For example a Cuban textbook's text of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Great for comparison.  Does not include a wider ranging discussion of the textbooks in question."
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