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Debating the End of HistoryThe Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life$
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David W. Noble

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680580

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680580.001.0001

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Historians against History

Historians against History

(p.25) 2 Historians against History
Debating the End of History

David W. Noble

University of Minnesota Press

U.S. historians from 1789 to 1945 defined America as a timeless state of nature. They were participants in the world of a transnational bourgeois culture. Historians in England, France, or Sweden described their nations as autonomous. They were committed to private property but not to international capitalism. After 1945 historians in the bourgeois nations now described their nations as part of an international capitalist culture. There was great confusion and anger during this revolution. From the 1960s to the present a number of U. S. historians have been critical of what they see as the dangerous ambition of our Presidents to make the United States the leader of international capitalism.

Keywords:   American studies, Cultural studies, Intellectual history, Timeful and timeless space

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