Oxford lecture, 16 May 2011 “Transnational history”


1. Competing concepts

Comparative history

Entangled history/ Histoire croissé

Global history

World history

International history

2. Types of transnational history

a. Transnational spaces

b. Transnational production of the nation

3. Time/space – consider how changing spatial relationships change time

a. as interpretation of particular events – time change and the emotional/sensory attachment to different concepts of space/time – the acceleration of time in the late 19th century cf. today. How is time experienced?

b. as periodization (and re-periodization) of U.S. history.




4. Place and different spatial levels

a. Mental spaces (e.g., diasporas)

b. Mental maps

The social production of space (including mental maps)


Thomas Andrews, Killing for Coal (Cambridge, MA, 2008)

Thomas Bender, A Nation among Nations: America’s Place in World History (New York: Hill and Wang, 2006)

Eric Rauchway, Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America (New York: Hill and Wang, 2006)

Carl J. Guarneri, America in the World: United States History in Global Context (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007).

Kristen Hoganson, Consuming Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865–1920 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007)

Ian Tyrrell, “Reflections on the Transnational Turn in United States History: Theory and Practice,” Journal of Global History, 3 (November 2009), pp. 453-74

“AHR Conversation: On Transnational History,” with C. A. Bayly, Sven Beckert, Matthew Connelly, Isabel Hofmeyr, Wendy Kozol, and Patricia Seed, American Historical Review, 111 (December 2006), pp. 1440-64

M. Werner and Bénédicte Zimmermann, “Beyond Comparison: Histoire Croisée and the Challenge of Reflexivity,” History and Theory, 45 (No. 1, 2006), pp. 30–50;

Pierre-Yves Saunier, ‘Learning by Doing: Notes about the Making of the Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History’, Journal of Modern European History, 6 ( No. 2, 2008), pp. 159–80.

Michael Kazin, “The Vogue of Transnational History,” Raritan, 26 (Winter 2007), pp. 155-167

Johann N. Neem, “American History in a Global Age,” History and Theory 50 (February 2011), 1-70

Kiran Klaus Patel, “‘Transnations’ among ‘Transnations’? The Debate on Transnational History in the United States and Germany,” Center for European Studies Working Paper Series, 159, 2008, http://www.ces.fas.

Marcus Gräser, “World History in a Nation-State: The Transnational Disposition in Historical Writing in the United States,” transl. in Journal of American History, 95 (2008), pp. 1038-1052

Micol Seigel, “Beyond Compare: Comparative Method after the Transnational Turn”, Radical History Review, 91 (2005), 62-90

Ian Tyrrell, Transnational Nation (Basingstoke, Eng.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

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