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The Comparative Approach to American History - C. Vann Woodward

The Comparative Approach to American History

By: C. Vann Woodward (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780195112603
Number Of Pages: 384

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In the mid 1960s, C. Vann Woodward was asked to organize a program of broadcast lectures on US history for the Voice of America as part of a longer series designed to acquaint foreign audiences with leaders in American arts and sciences. Reasoning that a comparative approach "was peculiarly adapted to the interests and needs of foreign audiences," Woodward commissioned twenty-two noted scholars to cover classic topics in American history--the Civil War, the World Wars, slavery, immigration, and many others--but to add a comparative dimension by relating these topics to developments elsewhere in the world. The result was the 1968 Basic Books edition of The Comparative Approach to American History.
Now, three decades later, Oxford is very pleased to be reissuing this classic collection of historical essays in a paperback edition, with a new introduction by Woodward that discusses the decline and resurgence of comparative history since the 1960s.

"It is evident that comparing American history internationally is an idea whose time has returned. Perhaps Woodward's Comparative Approach will have a greater impact this time around. Its shortcomings and omissions are more obvious now, but so are its strengths: its call to make American history more cosmopolitan, its devotion to the nation as a unit of analysis, its still-provocative individual essays, its openness to a variety of comparative techniques, and its avoidance of specialized jargon. As we set out to broaden our audience and internationalize our outlook, we ought to profit from its example."--Carl J. Guameri, Reviews in American History "In this changed environment Woodward's anthology, bypassed the first time around, has recovered its relevance. Rereading it today, we can find much to admire....Perhaps Woodward's Comparative Approach will have a greater impact this time around....As we set out to broaden our audience and internationalize our outlook, we ought to profit from its example."--Carl J. Guameri, Reviews in American History "Professor Woodward's book is a major publishing event. It will make an exciting teaching device and will stimulate scholarship in many fields."--Michael G. Kammen, Cornell University "It is evident that comparing American history internationally is an idea whose time has returned. Perhaps Woodward's Comparative Approach will have a greater impact this time around. Its shortcomings and omissions are more obvious now, but so are its strengths: its call to make American history more cosmopolitan, its devotion to the nation as a unit of analysis, its still-provocative individual essays, its openness to a variety of comparative techniques, and its avoidance of specialized jargon. As we set out to broaden our audience and internationalize our outlook, we ought to profit from its example."--Carl J. Guameri, Reviews in American History "In this changed environment Woodward's anthology, bypassed the first time around, has recovered its relevance. Rereading it today, we can find much to admire....Perhaps Woodward's Comparative Approach will have a greater impact this time around....As we set out to broaden our audience and internationalize our outlook, we ought to profit from its example."--Carl J. Guameri, Reviews in American History "Professor Woodward's book is a major publishing event. It will make an exciting teaching device and will stimulate scholarship in many fields."--Michael G. Kammen, Cornell University

The Contributorsp. vii
Introduction to the New Editionp. xi
The Comparability of American Historyp. 3
The Colonial Phasep. 18
The Enlightenmentp. 34
The Revolutionp. 47
The """"Newness"""" of the New Nationp. 62
Frontiersp. 75
Immigrationp. 91
Mobilityp. 106
Slaveryp. 121
Civil Warp. 135
Reconstruction: Ultraconservative Revolutionp. 146
The Negro since Freedomp. 160
Industrializationp. 175
Urbanizationp. 187
Political Partiesp. 206
The Coming of Big Businessp. 220
Socialism and Laborp. 238
Imperialismp. 253
Social Democracy, 1900-1918p. 271
World War Ip. 285
The Great Depressionp. 296
World War IIp. 315
The Cold Warp. 328
The Test of Comparisonp. 346
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780195112603
ISBN-10: 0195112601
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.95  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44

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