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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
Rethinking American History in a Global Age
"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."
America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History
America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History
"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."
A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History
A Nation Among Nations: America's Place in World History
"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."
Transnational Nation: United States History in Global Perspective since 1789
Transnational Nation: United States History in Global Perspective since 1789
"A must have work in the field of internationalizing US history.  More scholarly than Bender's _A Nation Among Nations_."
America in the World: United States History in Global Context (Explorations in World History)
America in the World: United States History in Global Context (Explorations in World History)
"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.""
America and the World: Culture, Commerce, Conflict
America and the World: Culture, Commerce, Conflict
"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"
Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference
Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference
"Broad overview of empires throughout history.  Has a comparison between US and Russian land based empire."
Cultures in Contact: World Migrations in the Second Millennium (Comparative and International Working-Class History)
Cultures in Contact: World Migrations in the Second Millennium (Comparative and International Working-Class History)
"3 solid chapters focusing on North American immigration while the rest of the book focuses on everywhere else.  Great for comparison and contextualization."
Civilization: The West and the Rest
Civilization: The West and the Rest
"This is a Western Civ overview.  Useful in seeing how US history fits into the larger history of Western Civ."
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
"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."
The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492, 30th Anniversary Edition
The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492, 30th Anniversary Edition
"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."
The Americas: A Hemispheric History (Modern Library Chronicles)
The Americas: A Hemispheric History (Modern Library Chronicles)
"A useful comparison of British North America and Latin America"
The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914
The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914
"Impressive world history of the long 19th Century."
The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
"Shows the events of the world in a grid categorized by theme.  The whole table is chronological.  A logical starting point for beginning internationalization."
The Annals of America (Encyclopedia Brittanica, Vols 1-21 plus Introduction book)
The Annals of America (Encyclopedia Brittanica, Vols 1-21 plus Introduction book)
"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/"
A History of the United States, from the discovery of the American Continent to the present time. [Brought down to 1782 only.]: VII
A History of the United States, from the discovery of the American Continent to the present time. [Brought down to 1782 only.]: VII
"Perhaps not the first, but arguable the finest early example of internationalizing US history.  Back then (1834), it came naturally."
Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History: 1585-1828
Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History: 1585-1828
"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)."
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
"A multicultural history of the United States often overlooked in textbooks.  A good way to enlarge one's perspective on many topics of internationalization."
The Story of American Freedom (Norton Paperback)
The Story of American Freedom (Norton Paperback)
"Much more global than would be expected.  Reads as if a journalist wrote it."
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
"A very useful tome on North American slavery with plenty of charts and figures."
American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1
American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1
"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."
Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Reinterpreting History: How Historical Assessments Change over Time)
Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Reinterpreting History: How Historical Assessments Change over Time)
"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."
Atlantic History: Concept and Contours
Atlantic History: Concept and Contours
"Must read in the "Atlanticizing" field from arguably the leading scholar in the field."
Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776
Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776
"American foreign policy from a conservative historian's viewpoint."
Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (American Empire Project)
Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (American Empire Project)
"Latin America as special focus on US imperialism."
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
"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."
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
"America's relationship with genocide."
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Updated and Revised Edition
Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, Updated and Revised Edition
"Asian American history of the United States."
Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986
Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986
"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."
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
"A broad survey of Latinos in the US"
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
"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."
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
"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."
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
"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."
Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory
Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory
"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"
Let the Sea Make a Noise...: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur
Let the Sea Make a Noise...: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur
"Selections of North Pacific history.  Readable and useful in seeing the Pacific as a region to be studied."
Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones
Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones
"Places island world in a larger context.  Like Island World this text has many useful visuals."
Island World: A History of Hawai'i and the United States
Island World: A History of Hawai'i and the United States
"Hawaii.  As much a part of world history as US history.  BUT DEFINITELY part of US history.  Useful visuals."
Teaching American History in a Global Context
Teaching American History in a Global Context
"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)."
The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration
The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration
"Readings, lessons, and activities for teaching about Mexican immigration.  An open borders preference is noticeable throughout."
History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History
History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History
"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."