Major Papers


International Harvester, American Empire, Commodities


The history of International Harvester is inseparable with American imperialism, culture, and the spread of the United States throughout the world. International Harvester had manufacturing plants in both North America and Europe, and was able to sell its products on six continents. These products included everything from cookie cutters to construction equipment, and almost everything in between. This work focuses on the historiography of International Harvester and how it relates to the American Empire. Additionally, it will focus on how America’s empire, both formal and informal, benefited as International Harvester was able to bring American ideals throughout the world as they transported their products to foreign markets.

Primary Advisor

Miriam Wright

Program Reader

Gregg French

Degree Name

Master of Arts



Document Type

Major Research Paper

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