The State of U.S. History
Edited by Melvyn Stokes
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State of U.S. History by Melvyn Stokes
Book DescriptionHistorians are very much aware of the variety of national and international trends that have shaped historical inquiry in recent decades. Americanists, in particular, have been conscious of the growing importance of gender issues, the 'turn' to questions of language and meaning, the increasing significance of cultural matters, and a new emphasis on regional history. The 1990s, moreover, saw a major movement to internationalize approaches to American history by emphasizing comparisons with other countries and cultures. By the end of the twentieth century it was by no means clear whether there was any distinctive 'American' history or, if it did exist, what its main contours were. This book brings together a distinguished international group of scholars in an effort to answer this key question through a sustained interrogation of the periods, themes, fields, problems and perspectives in historical writing on the United States. How have the intricate issues surrounding gender, race, slavery and civil rights been resolved and interpreted in recent American history? How have historians dealt with the complexities of events such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the New Deal in developing their historical narratives? In what ways have technological developments in industry, print and film influenced the questions historians ask?The State of U.S. History offers an exciting introduction to the debates surrounding the major trends in American historical debates and the crucial events and influences that have helped define the American experience.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859735022
(216mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Melvyn Stokes
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Melvyn Stokes's study of the 1946 classic Gilda describes the film's production and reception history, as well as addressing Rita Hayworth's complex star persona and ethnicity identity; Gilda's status as a 'noir' film; and what the film had to say about relations between men and women in a world transformed by war.
D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation', Hardback (February 2008)
In this deeply researched and vividly written volume, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception and continuing history of this aesthetically ground-breaking and yet highly controversial movie. A must-read for anyone interested in the cinema, it sheds light on both the film's racism and the artistic brilliance of Griffith's filmmaking.
Hollywood Abroad, Hardback (August 2007)» View all books by Melvyn Stokes
A pioneering book providing a historically nuanced take on US cultural dominance
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Author Biography - Melvyn Stokes
Melvyn Stokes Senior Lecturer in American History,University College London
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