Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century

Paperback | January 15, 2013

EditorMaxine Berg

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The early part of the twenty-first century has witnessed a profound turn in history writing and museum culture towards global and world history. Historians and curators are rapidly changing what they do: no longer satisfied with traditional national histories and area studies, they arepursuing histories of subjects affected by environmental change, migration, slavery, trade and travel. They face challenges of writing about individuals and families in the world, and of political cultures and ideas that have transformed as they have moved between different regions of the world.They are 'going beyond borders' and pursuing wider concepts of connectedness and of cosmopolitanism as these have developed in social theory. Where has all this come from, and where is it taking us as historians? Writing The History of the Global brings together a number of the major historians now entering the field and re-thinking the way they write their histories. We read the reflections of China experts, historians of India andJapan, of Latin America, Africa and Europe on their past writing, and the new directions in which global history is taking them. It shows the rapid advances in the field from early and inspiring accounts of encounters between East and West, of the wealth and poverty of nations and the crisis ofempires, to new thinking on global material cultures, on composite zones and East Asian development paths.It presents historians at a crossroads: enjoying the great excitement of moving out of national borders and reconnecting parts of the world once studied separately, but also facing the huge challenge of new methodologies of comparison, collaboration and interdisciplinarity and the problems ofrapidly disappearing tools of foreign languages.

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The early part of the twenty-first century has witnessed a profound turn in history writing and museum culture towards global and world history. Historians and curators are rapidly changing what they do: no longer satisfied with traditional national histories and area studies, they arepursuing histories of subjects affected by environm...

Maxine Berg, Editor, is Professor of History at University of Warwick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Maxine Berg: Introduction: Global History ApproachesPart 1. Interpretations: Ideas and the Making of Global History2. David Washbrook: Problems in Global History3. Jan de Vries: Reflections on Doing Global History4. Jean-Frederic Schaub: Global History: A Note on Some Discontents in the Historical NarrativePart 2. Approaches: Methods and Methodologies in Global History5. Prasannan Parthasarathi: Comparison in Global History6. R.Bin Wong: Regions and Global History7. Jan Luiten Van Zanden: Institutions for Writing the Economic History of the GlobalPart 3. Shaping Global History8. Ken Pomeranz: Writing about Divergences in Global History: Some Implications for Scale, Methods, Aims and Categories9. Kaoru Sugihara: The European Miracle in Global History: An East Asian PerspectivePart 4. Knowledge and Global History10. Dagmar Schafer: Technology and Innovation in Global History and in the History of the Global11. Craig Clunas: The Art of Global Comparisons12. Glenn Adamson and Giorgio Riello: Global Objects: Contention and EntanglementPart 5. Round Table13. John Darwin: Globe and Empire14. Megan Vaughan: Africa and Global History15. Peer Vries: Writing the History of the Global16. Sujumi So and Billy Kee Long So: Identity in Global History: A Reflection