Course Description

United States History

HIUS 9021

Tutorial in Transnational US History

Fall 2015

This seminar rethinks United States history (18th century-present) by moving beyond the geographical boundaries of the nation. Thematic readings focus on way in which transnational and comparative scholarship is reshaping American historiography. Our goal is to better understand how assumptions and certainties of “America” have been called into question by transnational history. This course is intended to help prepare students for general examinations in the field of Transnational US History, or as a supplement to a major field in 19th or 20th century US.

Key readings (additional texts will be assigned depending on student interests):


  • Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996).
  • Rethinking American History in a Global Age, ed. Thomas Bender. (Berkeley: UC Press, 2002).
  • Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (New York: Oxford UP, 2013).
  • Strangers within the Realm: Cultural Margins of the First British Empire, ed. Bernard Bailyn and Philip D. Morgan (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1991).
  • Alfred W. Crosby, Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (New York: Cambridge, 1993).
  • Mary L. Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy
  • (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2000).
  • Jessice Gienow-Hecht, Sound Diplomacy: Music and Emotions in Transatlantic Relations (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2009).
  • Eliga Gould, Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012).
  • Victoria de Grazia, Irresistible Empire: America’s Advance through 20th-Century Europe (Cambridge,: Harvard UP, 2005).
  • Pekka Hämäläinen,  The Comanche Empire (New Haven: Yale UP, 2008).
  • Kristin L. Hoganson, Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (New Haven: Yale UP, 1998).
  • Matthew Frye Jacobson, Special Sorrows: The Diasporic Imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish Immigrants in the United States (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995).
  • Walter Johnson, River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2013).
  • Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origin of Welfare States, Seth Koven and Sonya Michel, eds. (New York: Routledge, 1993).
  • Paul A. Kramer, The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, and the
  • Philippines (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2005).
  • Melani McAlister, Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000 ( Berkeley: UC Press, 2001).
  • John R. McNeill, Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010).
  • Mary Nolan, Visions of Modernity: American Business and the Modernization of Germany (New York: Oxford UP, 1994).
  • Daniel Rodgers, Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1998).
  • Rebecca J. Scott, Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery (Cambridge: Harvard UP, MA 2005).
  • John Soluri, Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005).

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904


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