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History faculty publish new book based on late colleague’s scholarship

TCNJ history faculty members Christopher Fisher and Robert McGreevey have completed a book, Global America: The United States in the Twentieth Century, recently published by Oxford University Press.

The book explores how Americans were “swept up in the swift-moving currents of twentieth-century world history,” according to Oxford, and is based largely on the scholarship of the late Alan Dawley, a TCNJ history professor who died in 2008. Dawley’s main focus of research was how the United States’ engagement with the rest of the world shaped the course of history.

“Alan was a pioneer in the movement to globalize U.S. history,” says Cynthia Paces, chair of the Department of History.

Fisher, a scholar of U.S. Cold War relations, and McGreevey, a historian of America in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, took over the completion of Global America after Dawley died. The book explores themes of race, gender, and class, and how each has played a role in U.S., as well as world, history. Topics, including the role of Hollywood in post-war reconstruction of Japan and the links between American foreign policy and immigration, span throughout the 1900s.

Global America: The United States in the Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2018) is available at

Catherine Bialkowski ’18