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James David Drake
Metropolitan State College of Denver (Denver, CO 80217-3362)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

[Grant products][Prizes]

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 5/31/2008

Nationalism's Nature: Continental Conceptions and the Emergence of the United States

NATIONALISM'S NATURE is a history of how views of the continental division of the earth evolved in the Anglo-American colonies and became intertwined with an emerging and uniquely American national identity. The book will braid intellectual, political, and social history together within a comparative context. It will demonstrate how Anglo-American participation in scientific debates and imperial contests helped create modern geographical conceptions and an embryonic national identity. Then, using the counterexamples of India, Mexico, and the West Indies, the book will argue that these developments could have occurred as they did only within the unique social and political context of the Anglo-American mainland colonies.