Synopsis: In this episode we reveal the new History Against the Grain website, play a game of Love & Hate, Chris riffs on his favorite target of American exceptionalism by reconsidering the mythic “West” of popular imagination laid bare by the Industrial Revolution, and Josh cuts through European exceptionalism and revolution in an epic drum solo played on the stage of world history.
Felipe Fernandez-Arresto, Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature (2000)
William Cronon, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (1992).
William H. McNeill, “Mythistory, or Truth, Myth, History, and Historians” (1985).
Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000).
A Geography of Capitalism: Photos of the American West, from the Library of Congress
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