Architects of World History presents an innovative collection of original essays that introduce themes, characteristics, and scholars that are key to understanding contemporary approaches to the study of world history. Taking the form of intellectual biography, each chapter is written by an individual historian considered among the ‘architects’ of the field. The essays cover particular topics including environmental history, gender and world history, cultural interactions and colonialism, legal studies, “big history” among others. In each case the author introduces the theme, defining its parameters within world history, and exploring its potential future development. The essays also address the authors’ own intellectual trajectories, the encounters and motivations that inspired their development as a world historian. These personal narratives are both engaging and revealing, shedding light on the experiences of these pioneering scholars, and the particular challenges and possibilities of 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
"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)
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
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th March 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.34