The Place of Europe in American History: Twentieth-Century Perspectives

Nova Americana

M. Vaudagna (edited by)

For the last thirty years the place of Europe in twentieth-century American history has been marginalized. While the impact of the United States on European life has been frequently dealt with, the American history writing prevalent in the United States has debunked the traditional portrait of the American experience as "invented" by Europeans and their heirs in the "New World." The so-called "new historians" have dismantled the old Eurocentric "victory tale," which they have interpreted as the historical legitimization of the white, male and Anglo-Saxon elites. As a result, not only has Europe's pretentious claim of being the main original source of the American experience been appropriately denied, but all "Atlantic crossings" have been overlooked. With the beginnings of the 1990s, however, the trend toward cultural globalism made some of the leading protagonists of the Americanist historical profession in the United States keenly aware of the need to reformulate American history from a transnational perspective. If in new terms, the interest in the place of Europe in U.S. history has begun to revive. Yet, when it comes to the twentieth century, there has not emerged to this day a significant variety of studies on the many ways in which Europe has been present, whether constructively or dramatically, in the American historical process. This book is an effort to try and fill the void. It takes into account four important areas of transatlantic exchanges: international relations, cultural borrowings, emigration, and comparative welfare states. The implication is that, while distant from the old Eurocentric rationale, the history of transatlantic relations is relevant to understand both Europe and the United States.



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