The Oxford Handbook of World History

Paperback | November 15, 2013

EditorJerry H. Bentley

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The Oxford Handbook of World History presents thirty-two essays by leading historians in their respective fields. The chapters address the most important issues explored by contemporary world historians. These broadly fall into four categories: conceptions of the global past, themes in worldhistory, processes of world history, regions in world history.Chapters on conceptions deal with issues of space and time as treated in the field of world history, as well as questions of method, epistemology, historiography, and globalization as viewed from historical perspective. Themes discussed include the natural environment, agriculture, pastoralnomadism, science, technology, state formation, gender, and religion.Chapters dealing with large-scale processes review current thinking on some of the most influential developments of the global past, including mass migrations, cross-cultural trade, biological diffusions, imperial expansion, industrialization, and cultural and religious exchanges. Finally, a set ofchapters explores distinctive historical developments within the world's major regions, while also situating individual regions in larger global context.Taken together, the essays in this volume provide the best guide to current thinking in one of the most dynamic fields of historical scholarship.

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The Oxford Handbook of World History presents thirty-two essays by leading historians in their respective fields. The chapters address the most important issues explored by contemporary world historians. These broadly fall into four categories: conceptions of the global past, themes in worldhistory, processes of world history, regions ...

Jerry H. Bentley was professor of history at the University of Hawai`i and editor of the Journal of World History. He wrote extensively on the cultural history of early modern Europe and on cross-cultural interactions in world history, including Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (1983), and Politics...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:625 pagesPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Jerry H. Bentley: Introduction: The Task of World HistoryPart I: Concepts1. Michael Bentley: Theories of World History since the Enlightenment2. Martin W. Lewis: Geographies3. Luiji Cajani: Periodization4. Matthew Lauzon: Modernity5. Jurgen Osterhammel: Globalization6. Patrick Manning: EpistemologyPart II: Themes7. David Christian: World Environmental History8. John A. Mears: Agriculture9. Thomas J. Barfield: Nomadic Pastoralism10. Charles Tilly: States, State Formation, and War11. Marnie Hughes-Warrington: Genders12. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite: Religions and World History13. Daniel R. Headrick: Technology, Engineering, and Science14. Kenneth Pomeranz: Advanced AgriculturePart III: Processes15. Dirk Hoerder: Migrations16. James D. Tracy: Trade across Eurasia to about 175017. Patrick Karl O'Brien: Industrialization18. J. R. McNeill: Biological Exchanges in World History19. Jerry H. Bentley: Cultural Exchanges20. Thomas T. Allsen: Premodern Empires21. Prasenjit Duara: Modern ImperialismPart IV: Regions22. Peter C. Perdue: East Asia and Central Eurasia23. Andre Wink: South Asia and Southeast Asia24. John Obert Voll: The Middle East in World History25. Christopher Ehret: Africa in World History: The Long, Long View26. Bonnie Smith and Donald R. Kelley: Europe and Russia in World History27. David Abulafia: The Mediterranean Basin28. Edward J. Davies, II: The Americas, 1450-200029. Alan L. Karras: The Atlantic Ocean Basin30. Paul d'Arcy: Ocenia and Australasia31. Rainer F. Buschmann: The Pacific Ocean Basin to 1850