About the Series
This series aims to stimulate critical perspectives and fresh interpretive frame-
works for scholarship on the history of the imposing global presence of the
United States. Its primary concerns include the deployment and contesta-
tion of power, the construction and deconstruction of cultural and politi-
cal borders, the fluid meanings of intercultural encounters, and the com-
plex interplay between the global and the local. American Encounters seeks
to strengthen dialogue and collaboration between historians of U.S. inter-
national relations and area studies specialists.
The series encourages scholarship based on multiarchival historical re-
search. At the same time, it supports a recognition of the representational
character of all stories about the past and promotes critical inquiry into issues
of subjectivity and narrative. In the process, American Encounters strives to
understand the context in which meanings related to nations, cultures, and
political economy are continually produced, challenged, and reshaped.