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ERIC Number: EJ824478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Implementing the "La Pietra Report": Internationalizing Three Topics in the United States History Survey Course
Osborne, Thomas J.
History Teacher, v36 n2 p163-175 Feb 2003
Across the spectrum of academic disciplines, history is one of the few to be organized largely on the basis of the nation-state. With a few notable exceptions, only since the 1960s have American historians begun to see the limitations that this nation-bounded approach has imposed on the field. Since then a movement to internationalize the study and teaching of United States history, by de-provincializing and recentering the field, has been gaining momentum. Significantly, this movement is not aimed at supplanting the nation-state as a major unit of historical inquiry; rather it aims at supplementing that unit of inquiry with others that are smaller or larger spatially, which in some cases requires enlarging temporal parameters as well. The Organization of American Historians has been playing a leading role in this movement, in part by its involvement in the recently completed La Pietra Project. Drawing on the work and results of that Project, this article offers history instructors three examples, each of which relates to a specific episode in America's past, of how college-level United States history survey courses can be internationalized. This article discusses the origins, nature, and results of the La Pietra Project before taking up its teaching applications. (Contains 26 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States