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So U.S. students don’t know American History?

In France, professors don’t even study it, according to David Bell at TNR’s Open University.
Of the roughly 100 French universities and graduate centers in the humanities, fewer than ten presently employ any historians of the United States at all. The principal French center for North American history, CENA, currently has 46 members and associates, of whom less than a third hold full-time faculty appointments. By contrast, the North American Society for French Historical Studies has 886 members, of whom the large majority hold full-time faculty appointments teaching the history of France.
Perhaps U.S. students should have quizzes about French history. We could find out that the Battle of the Bulge ended the Napoleonic Wars, or that Charles DeGaulle was executed in the Reign of Terror…


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