Architects of World History: Researching the Global Past
April 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
Architects of World History presents an innovative collection of original essays by leading scholars associated with World History, exploring through intellectual autobiography the ideas, challenges, and inspirations that are shaping the field
- Features original, accessible contributions from pioneering scholars in the field
- Offers insights into the process of developing a workable world history research topic and the experience of professional life as a world historian.
- Points to methodological challenges; the scholar’s current research agenda in relation to the development of world history; and future directions anticipated for key areas within world history
Notes on Contributors vii
1 Architects of World History 1
Kenneth R. Curtis
2 En Route to World Environmental History 30
3 Gender Intersections 56
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
4 No Great Divergence? Reaching World History Through East Asian Studies 81
5 Cultural and Religious Exchanges 108
6 Law and World History 134
7 Africa in the World: From National Histories to Global Connections 159
8 Big History 190
9 In Search of a Global Cultural History 215
Jerry H. Bentley and Karen Louise Jolly, foreword by Alan Karras
The late Jerry H Bentley was Professor of History at the University of Hawaii and editor of the Journal of World History. He wrote written extensively on the cultural history of early modern Europe and on cross-cultural interactions in world history.
"This collection clearly frames the methodological and historiographical trajectories that give coherence to world history as a field. The contributions from a wide range of scholars humanize broad patterns of inquiry and provide a fresh, original approach. Architects is essential reading for scholars and teachers at all levels who want to grasp the history and scope of a dynamic field."
Laura J. Mitchell, University of California, Irvine
Ross Dunn, San Diego State University
"This is a stimulating collection, at once presenting leading voices in the field and some of the key topical approaches within world history. The goal of attracting and guiding students toward a greater sense of how world history is done is particularly attractive."
Peter Stearns, George Mason University
"Each of the authors is a genuine architect and visionary in the field of world history. Collectively they provide a rich introduction to current approaches to teaching and research, while at the same time unfolding their own personal and often remarkable intellectual journeys that brought them to the forefront of world history."
Craig Benjamin, President of the World History Association (2014 / 15)