This is increased when health care professionals do not wash their hands between patient contacts. I mean, my usual take on books marketed to the American political right has been that they are written by ideologues who are totally willing to stick their head in the sand when necessary rather than concede any points to their ideological opponents. After 10 pages I am struggling to stay interested. Even though his premise was talking about the U. Bender contextualizes this phase of American history with parallel developments in modern nation-making around the globe.
Bender boldly challenges us to think beyond our borders. From the colonization of the New World in the 16th century to the social reforms of the early 20th century, America's triumphs and travails have shaped and been shaped by decisions, people and trends in Europe, Africa and Asia. He moderated an online discussion at History Matters. He proposes that America has grappled with circumstances, doctrines, new developments, and events that other nations, too, have faced, and that we can only benefit from recognizing this. Thus, he draws together the two main strands of the debate on transnational or global history. What interests Bender is the global context for iconic events in U.
He shows where American exceptionalism is legitimate and the many places where it isn't! Despite the proliferation of such projects, much of the transnational reorientation of history to date. This often led to unproductive misunderstandings, to violence, expulsion, and subjugation. Unnecessarily long words and sentences, references to topics that are beyond the scope of his book, etc. The colonists disagreed with the workings of the British government and decided to become an independent state. Bender's exciting argument begins with the discovery of the Americas at a time when peoples everywhere first felt the transforming effects of oceanic travel and trade. He shows where American exceptionalism is legitimate and the many places where it isn't! Bender's exciting argument begins with the discovery of the Americas at a time when peoples everywhere first felt the transforming effects of oceanic travel and trade. And of course, American expansion into the Caribbean and Pacific happened as other nations were also consolidating their overseas empires.
And Bender does more than merely describe similarly-structured conflicts and constellations; he goes on to give an impression of the way they influenced one another. His integration of American history to global history are mostly integrations into European and South American history, as the Middle East, Africa, and most of Asia are left out after Chapter 1. This may in fact be due to the post-grad school hangover I've been nursing for a good three and a half years now that means I have very little patience for the excesses of academics with a vaguely left-wing agenda and their popular trickle-down these days. Bender's book is a clear call for change. Judging from the media's coverage, such numbers don't concern American audiences -- and we ignore them at our own, and history's peril. Frankly, I was a bit embarrassed by even reading his book.
As well as these parallels of comparable challenges and varying results, Bender offers us insights into how global interactions impacted on America and other societies. More broadly speaking, Medved tries to contextualize the interaction between the two cultures in the long history of such meetings where one culture had a significant upper hand technologically speaking not to mention those diseases! War with Mexico in the mid-19th century. He writes as if business owners have never, ever done anything to take advantage of their workers. The ocean world and the beginnings of American history -- The island world -- Going global -- People from the sea -- Atlantic Creoles -- The plantation complex -- 2. A fifth and last chapter sees the Progressive Era as a local variant of a global history of intellectual and political answers to industrial capitalism and urbanization. He uses a clunky metaphor based on a narrow reading of Moby Dick that has crazed Captain Ahab representing the United States, bent on world domination. And while some of his findings might not be completely new for the expert of the specific field and others provocative or even doubtful, it is hard to imagine a reader to whom this book does not offer surprising and inspiring insights.
I was excited about both reading the book and attending the conference. He proposes that America has grappled with circumstances, doctrines, new developments, and events that other nations, too, have faced, and that we can only benefit from recognizing this. Ultimately, an adult has to come in to clean up the mess. But what about the numbers from the other side? Global history and America today Contends that American history must be placed in a global context, explaining that the obstacles being faced by the United States have been overcome in the past by other countries whose examples can impart powerful lessons. Freedom in an age of nation-making -- 1848 -- The birth of new nations -- The federative crisis -- Territoriality and liberal nationalism -- The republican party -- Remembering nationalism and forgetting liberalism -- 4.
Finally, A Nation among Nations succeeds in demonstrating how much a synthesis of national history gains when put in a global context. While the thesis is certainly valid I would say Bender overlooks just how much the U. Anyone interested in political history should read this book. Seen in this light, the course of interactions with, for example, the Cherokee after the 1820s does indeed share many similarities with American actions in Mexico, Korea, Cuba, and the Philippines a few decades later. Both, however, were huge let-downs. Since the 1990s, Bender has engaged himself in a second debate which might seem like the antithesis of the quest for a national synthesis: the attempt to transnationalize historical inquiry. If you are tired of learning about this country's past through a prism of nationalist myopia and relish a good argument, this is the book for you.
. It examines how American history fits into the history of the world, something we often we look at backwards. Much like a freshman history course, this book is bland to the point of nothingness. He authored the La Pietra Report — itself the result of a whole series of conferences on the issue 1997—2000. New York: Hill and Wang. Bender is an American , specializing in and. Where do you think these Euro-Americans came from in the first place? I'd be interested to hear his take on that.
Still, I must say that his reframing of American history works in a lot of interesting ways. To the European reader, the background of the Franco-British struggle for hegemony might not be so surprising, and thanks to the impact of postcolonial studies, the history of the Haitian revolution might also be known. Overall a good book, but a tough one to read. A Nation Among Nations is a passionate, persuasive book that makes clear what damage is done when we let the old view of America alone in the world falsify our history. Bender's premise is that American history is often taught as if the United States is mostly isolated from the rest of the world.
As for geography, it gets relegated to identifying the shapes of the 13 colonies, naming state capitals and other make-work exercises in social studies. As one of my professors put it to me, this is a thought-provoking book that is short on practical advice on how to think about or teach history differently. Though I questioned my sanity, I kept on reading because some of Bender's ideas are so different from those taught in textbooks. A Nation among Nations is admirable for its elegant language, its analytical depth, its empirical breadth, and its provocative argument. And in one area, medical care, we still lag far behind many nations.