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A Nation Without Borders

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   27.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/01/2016

A Nation Without Borders

The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682624
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682631


A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian's provocative reinterpretation of the eight decades surrounding the Civil War (and leading into the twentieth century); the next volume in the Penguin History of the United States.

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In this monumental story of American imperial conquest and capitalist development, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Steven Hahn dismantles the conventional histories of the nineteenth century and offers a perspective that promises to be as enduring as it is controversial. It begins and ends in Mexico and, throughout, is internationalist in orientation. It challenges the political narrative of "sectionalism," emphasizing the national footing of slavery and the struggle between the northeast and Mississippi Valley for continental supremacy. It places the Civil War in the context of many domestic rebellions against state authority, including those of Native Americans. It fully incorporates the trans-Mississippi west, suggesting the importance of the Pacific to the imperial vision of political leaders and of the west as a proving ground for later imperial projects overseas. It reconfigures the history of capitalism, insisting on the centrality of state formation and slave emancipation to its consolidation. It identifies a sweeping era of "reconstructions" in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that simultaneously laid the foundations for corporate liberalism and social democracy.


"A compelling narrative . . . The story of America is a story of constantly changing borders, and Hahn has written an important work of history that speaks to our own divided time, as well as to the fractured eighteenth century." —AudioFile

"Barry Press is an experienced and gifted narrative artist—his voice is clear and his enunciation is very good." —Library Journal Audio Review

"Steven Hahn's A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 is narrated by Barry Press, who captures a powerful story, unabridged in audio . . . A Nation Without Borders succeeds in offering much historical and political insights for our times" —Donovan's Literary Services

"Hahn argues that America developed into a nation precisely because of its obsession with owning space . . . [an] elegant formulation." —New York Times

Author Bio

Steven Hahn is a professor of history at New York University. His previous work of history, A Nation Under Our Feet, received the Pulitzer Prize in History (2004), the Bancroft Prize in History (2004), and the Merle Curti Prize in Social History (2004), and was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize and Frederick Douglass Prize.