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New Approaches to Internationalizing the History of the Civil War Era: An Introduction

New Approaches to Internationalizing the History of the Civil War Era: An Introduction w. caleb mcdaniel & bethany l. johnson Two decades after a series of important historiographical essays on transnational history and ten years after the publication of the influential anthology Rethinking American History in a Global Age, it can still seem that there are more manifestoes for a "new transnational history" than clear examples of it. Addressing that persistent imbalance is one aim of this special issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era, which originated at a February 2009 symposium on "The South" and "the World" in the Civil War Era" held at Rice University. One of our collective aims there was to highlight some of the best recent examples of scholarship placing the American Civil War era in a global or transnational context. Our goal was less to reiterate the need for such scholarship than to spotlight various attempts to meet it.1 Our focus on methodologies and outcomes rather than diagnosis stems partly from the recognition that the transnational turn in American historiography is not entirely new. One of our contributors has recently noted that placing the American South, in particular, "in broader national and international contexts" is a practice with a long history predating "the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

New Approaches to Internationalizing the History of the Civil War Era: An Introduction

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 2 (2) – May 19, 2012

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w. caleb mcdaniel & bethany l. johnson Two decades after a series of important historiographical essays on transnational history and ten years after the publication of the influential anthology Rethinking American History in a Global Age, it can still seem that there are more manifestoes for a "new transnational history" than clear examples of it. Addressing that persistent imbalance is one aim of this special issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era, which originated at a February 2009 symposium on "The South" and "the World" in the Civil War Era" held at Rice University. One of our collective aims there was to highlight some of the best recent examples of scholarship placing the American Civil War era in a global or transnational context. Our goal was less to reiterate the need for such scholarship than to spotlight various attempts to meet it.1 Our focus on methodologies and outcomes rather than diagnosis stems partly from the recognition that the transnational turn in American historiography is not entirely new. One of our contributors has recently noted that placing the American South, in particular, "in broader national and international contexts" is a practice with a long history predating "the

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 19, 2012

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