A Companion to World History, 1st Edition

  • Douglas Northrop
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  • ISBN-10: 1118305485
  • ISBN-13: 9781118305485
  • DDC: 907.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 638 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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A Companion to World History offers a comprehensive overview of the variety of approaches and practices utilized in the field of world and global history. This state-of-the-art collection of more than 30 insightful essays - including contributions from an international cast of leading world historians and emerging scholars in the field - identifies continuing areas of contention, disagreement, and divergence in the field, while pointing out fruitful directions for further discussion and research. Themes and topics explored include trajectories and the practice of world history, key ideas of world historians, the teaching of world history and how it has drawn upon and challenged "traditional" teaching approaches, global approaches to writing world history, and precisely what is at stake in world history. By considering issues of both scholarship and pedagogy from a transnational, interregional, and world/global scale, a startling amount of fresh insights are gained and new challenges posed. With its rich collection of global viewpoints, A Companion to World History is an essential resource for the study of the world's past.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenge of World History.
2. Trajectories and Practices.
3. World History: Departures and Variations.
4. Why and How I Became a World Historian.
5. Researching the World: Techniques and Methods.
6. Becoming a World Historian: The State of Graduate Training in World History and Placement in the Academic World.
7. The World is Your Archive? The Challenges of World History as a Field of Research.
8. What are the Units of World History?
9. Teaching the World: Publics and Pedagogies.
10. Meetings of World History and Public History.
11. Challenges of Teaching and Learning World History.
12. Teaching World History at the College Level.
13. Categories and Concepts.
14. Framing.
15. Environments, Ecologies, and Cultures across Space and Time.
16. Deep Pasts: Interconnections and Comparative History in the Ancient World.
17. Big History.
18. Global Scale Analysis in Human History.
19. Region in Global History.
20. Scales of a Local: The Place of Locality in a Globalizing World.
21. Comparing.
22. Comparative History and the Challenge of the Grand Narrative.
23. The Science of Difference: Race, Indo-European Linguistics, and Eurasian Nomads.
24. Projecting Power: Empires, Colonies, and World History.
25. The Body in/as World History.
26. Benchmarks of Globalization: The Global Condition, 1850–2010.
27. Connecting.
28. Networks, Interactions, and Connective History.
29. Objects in Motion.
30. People in Motion.
31. Religious Ideas in Motion.
32. Diseases in Motion.
33. Bullets in Motion.
34. Many Globes: Who Writes the World?
35. The World from Oceania.
36. The World from China.
37. Historicizing the World in Northeast Asia.
38. Writing Global History in Africa.
39. Islamicate World Histories?
40. The World from Latin America and the Peripheries.
41. (Re)Writing World Histories in Europe.
42. Other Globes: Shifting Optics on the World.