Loosening the Tongue: Language Learning among Early American Missionaries to the Ottoman Empire
Bookends: Two Authors Reflect on their First Books
Common Sense and Imperial Atrocity
Indian Treaties Redux
Collaborating to Recreate Pre-Columbian America: The American Yawp as Case Study
Atlantic Adventurers of the Middle Ages: Do the Vikings Belong in Early American History?
The Art of Losing
Doomed to Repeat It
The Great American Question Mark
A Redesigned Pontiac for the Twenty-First Century
An Inevitable American Revolution?
Diasporic to Hegemonic
If the British Won …
On the Edge of the Atlantic World in the Interior of North America
The California Gold Discoveries
Silver, Science, and Routes to the West
American History on Other Continents
Reappraising Western History through Empire
Cosmopolite’s Mount Sinai Domains
Americans in the Tropics
The Architect of Colonial Desires
Imperialists in Denial
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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