SLICES OF AMERICANHISTORY
W AITRESS WORK EVOKES THE PRESENT. A meal is served now,minutes (if sometimes many minutes) after being ordered. Often
within an hour it is eaten and paid for and its residue removed.
The perception of waitressing as immediate, however, risks ig-
noring the deeper connections some waitresses have, in very
different ways, with our common history.
The Sonoran desert, the hottest in North America, spreads a
scorch of earth from Baja California to Arizona. In its northern
reaches, if winter rains are mighty, spring
chronology of chinese americanhistory
1368–1644 Ming dynasty rules China.
1600s Chinese reach Mexico on the ships of the Manila galleon.
1644–1911 Qing dynasty (Manchu) rules China.
1683 Manchus take over Taiwan from Ming loyalists, who had ousted
the Dutch in 1681.
1784 U.S.-China trade begins with the voyage of the Empress of China
from New York to Canton.
1785 Three stranded crewmen, Ashing, Achun, and Accun, are first
Chinese to land in the U.S. at Baltimore.
1818 Five Chinese students arrive to study at the Foreign Missions
School in Cornwall, Connecticut
The Potential of Comparison
As a Japanese historian of the United States, I have an abiding preoc-
cupation: what meaning does my work have in mainstream historiogra-
phy, predominantly written by U.S. historians? This book directly con-
fronts this concern and leads me to the conclusion that foreign scholars
can indeed make a contribution to the fi eld of Americanhistory. Thus
encouraged, I argue further that foreignness, while lacking an ingrained
native perspective, can nevertheless be a
American War in Vietnam,” Asian Profiles, 23/1 (Feb., 1995), 35–57.
20. For a study of how popular music and cultures have reflected a mix of indigenous
and imported influences, see Craig A. Lockard, Dance of Life: Popular Music and Politics in
Southeast Asia (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1997).
AMERIC AN HIS TORY A S IF THE WORLD MAT TERED
(AND VICE VERSA)
AMERIC AN HIS TORY IN GLOBAL PER SPEC TIVE
In recent decades, scholars dissatisfied with the insularity of traditional Americanhistory
have sought its larger contexts and connections
Not Quite at Home
Writing AmericanHistory in Denmark
david e. nye
Scandinavian historians were seldom much concerned with the United
States before World War II, and in Denmark only a few scattered courses
were fi rst offered in the 1930s.1 The fi eld developed slowly after 1945,
stimulated by the Fulbright Program.2 No American historians lived
permanently in Denmark before the 1980s, although several came tem-
porarily on exchanges. For decades, these visiting Americans and a few
Danes taught U.S. history primarily in departments of English
International at the Creation
Early Modern AmericanHistory
Karen Ordahl Kupperman
History begins in the East and moves steadily westward over two centuries
until it finally arrives at the Pacific coast. This is the foundational concep-
tion of Americanhistory, one that all Americans accept as self-evidently
true and founded in the realities of the period of first contact and settle-
ment. But this truism comes down to us more from the nineteenth century,
when it was elaborated, than the seventeenth. This version of America’s
founding was cemented in
Watersheds in Time and Place
Writing AmericanHistory in Europe
michael heale, sylvia hilton, halina parafianowicz,
paul schor, and maurizio vaudagna
Promoting Americanhistory in Europe has been a thankless and even
dangerous business. Charles Kingsley as regius professor of modern his-
tory at Cambridge in 1866 endorsed a proposal that Harvard send
someone to lecture on Americanhistory every other year, but was
angrily rebuffed by dons who feared for the monarchy and the Church
of England, one thundering that “we shall be favored with a