Comparative Studies in Society and History

America and Europe

American Historiography and Comparative Analysis: Further Reflections*

Louis Hartza1

a1 Harvard University

In the seventeenth century America escaped from the world, in the twentieth century it has been forced to return to it. This cycle contains the drama of the American historical consciousness which protected America's provincialism in the past but is bound now, in the age of the reverse migration, to serve as an instrument of its dissolution.


* This essay is a sequel to my remarks in the symposium, “Comparative Study in American History”, published in the last issue of this Journal.