Historians Across Borders

In this new study of the writing of American history, twenty-four scholars from eleven European countries explore the impact of writing history from abroad. Six distinguished scholars from around the world add their commentaries.

Arguing that historical writing is conditioned, crucially, by the place from which it is written, this volume identifies the formative impact of a wide variety of institutional and cultural factors that are commonly overlooked. Examining how American history is written from Europe, the contributors shed light on how history is written in the United States and, indeed, on the way history is written anywhere.

The innovative perspectives included in Historians Across Borders are designed to reinvigorate American historiography as the rise of global and transnational history is creating a critical need to understand the impact of place on the writing and teaching of history.


13:15-13:30 Introduction and welcome by Helle Porsdam

13:30- 14:00 Presentation of the thoughts behind, the process of writing and the US response to the book by one of its editors, Professor Nicolas Barreyre, EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) - Paris, CENA (Centre d'études nord-américaines)

14:00-14:30 Q & A and coffee/tea

14:30-15:00 Presentation by contributor to the book, Lecturer in North American History, 1500-1865 Max Edling, King’s College London

15:30-16:00 Presentation by contributor to the book, Professor of American History Manfred Berg, University of Heidelberg

16:00-16:30 Q & A and coffee/tea

16:30-17:00 Presentation by commentator to the book, Professor of American Studies David Nye, University of Southern Denmark

Arranged by:
CEMES: Transatlantic Contemporary History (TCH) Research Group

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