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Herbert E. Bolton and the Historiography of the Americas

Herbert E. Bolton and the Historiography of the Americas

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Author: Russell M. Magnaghi

Publisher: Greenwood Press

Description: Hardcover. 211 pages.

Date: 1998

Condition: Corners lightly rubbed otherwise book looks unread.

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Contents: The comparative approach to the understanding of history is increasingly popular today. This study details the evolution of comparative history by examining the career of a pioneer in this area, Herbert E. Bolton, who popularized the notion that hemispheric history should be considered from pole to pole. Bolton traced the study of the history of the Americas back to 16th century European accounts of efforts to bring civilization to the New World, and he argued that only within this larger context could the histories of individual nations be understood. After American entry into the Spanish-American War in 1898, historians such as Bolton promoted the idea of comparative history, and it remains to this day a significant historiographical approach. Indexed.
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