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Rethinking History From Transnational Perspectives

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The first transnational line of sight is to watch individuals meet their personal needs as they inhabit the borderlands between cultures. The United States government struggles to control borderlands through policies governing immigration, citizenship, and trade. The second line of sight is to step up close to see how individuals in their everyday experiences constructed their expectations for what nations and nation-states could be and do. Since one point of transnational perspectives is to problematize how individuals experience and frame the nation one need to attend to how they experience nation even when they never leave its borders. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries historians developed basic assumptions that still inform historiography for many scholars.

Keywords: historiography; transnational perspectives



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