National History and the World of Nations

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National History and the World of Nations: Capital, State, and the Rhetoric of History in Japan, France, and the United States traces the ways the writing of national history in the late nineteenth century made the reshaping of the world by capitalism and the nation-state appear natural and inevitable. Delving into narrative histories, fiction, and social philosophy from three countries, the book shows that the practice of national history, while responding to domestic ideological challenges and each country’s position in geopolitics, reflected rhetorical and narrative strategies shared across the globe. It was published by Duke University Press in 2008.

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