Conclusion: Constructing Transnational Spaces

  • Thomas Adam
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)


Proponents of traditional nation-centered history are right when they remind us that we need the dimensions of space and time to produce a meaningful account of past events. They are, of course, wrong in assuming that only the national space or the urban or rural space within a national space could be the appropriate space for meaningful history. Transnational historians need to construct their transnational space in as much as national historians have constructed their national spaces. But while transnational historians seem to be much more willing to acknowledge that their transnational space is a construction of historical actors and scholarly observers alike, too many national historians still cling to the illusion that their national space is somehow naturally given.1


Historical Actor National Space Spatial Framework Rural Space Liminal Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Adam
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  1. 1.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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