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Empires of the Imagination Transatlantic Histories of the Louisiana Purchase

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 16.10.2009
  • Verlag: University of Virginia Press
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Empires of the Imagination

Empires of the Imagination takes the Louisiana Purchase as apoint of departure for a compelling new discussion of the interaction between France and the UnitedStates. In addition to offering the first substantive synthesis of this transatlantic relationship,the essays collected here offer new interpretations on themes vital to the subject, ranging frompolitical culture to intercultural contact to ethnic identity. They capture the cultural breadth ofthe territories encompassed by the Louisiana Purchase, exploring not only French andAnglo-American experiences, but also those of Native Americans and AfricanAmericans.Despite differences in concerns and methods, the pieces collected share crucialground in how they suggest new ways for thinking about empire, identity, and memory. The authorsshow how France and the United States set about their competing imperial projects even as residentsof the North American West effectively resisted those imperial aims, creating instead their ownnotions of community and connection. At the same time, these essays show how the contact amongpeoples created new social configurations and distinct cultural identities. Moving beyond theparticulars of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, these essays reveal how theLouisiana Purchase subsequently entered into the public consciousness on both sides of the Atlanticin ways that continue to define imperial projects, racial identities, and ethniccommunities.Delineating a unique moment in transatlantic historical conversation,Empires of the Imagination also provides important lessons incross-disciplinary approaches to North American and Atlantic history. In addition to themultinational perspectives of the authors, individual essays deploy social science history,political culture, and ideological history, as well as social and cultural history, to create acohesive understanding of diverse experiences.Contributors:Emily Clark, Tulane University Laurent Dubois, Duke University Mark Fernandez, Loyola University, New Orleans Peter J. Kastor, Washington University in St. Louis Paul Lachance, University of Ottawa Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Dalhousie University James E. Lewis Jr., Kalamazoo College Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia Jacques Portes, Universit de Paris VIII Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Universit de Paris VII-Denis Diderot CcileVidal, L' cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales Franois Weil,L' cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales Richard White, StanfordUniversity


    Format: PDF
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    Erscheinungsdatum: 16.10.2009
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780813928173
    Verlag: University of Virginia Press
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