JOSEPH SATISH Nazimuddin Siddiqui, “The Discourse of Doubt: Understanding the Crisis of Citizenship in Assam,” Economic & Political Weekly. Sagar Dhara, “Indian Environmental Movements: Why They Failed or Succeeded, and the Challenges Ahead,” Ecologise. Ramachandra Guha, “The Historian and Chauvinism,” The India Forum. CHRIS SZABLA Rudi Batzell, “Guns Made the State, and the State Made…
As the discipline of history continues to expand beyond the powerful few, historians face the challenges that come with trying to uncover and illuminate the experiences of the powerless. The great upheavals of the twentieth century affected millions of people around the globe, but history’s traditional tools seem insufficient in the face of so many tangled stories. Addressing this problem requires a re-examination of the role of place, people, and power in the telling of history.
In What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home (New York: Other Press, 2017), Mark Mazower, Professor of History at Columbia University, delves into the history of his own family, exploring his father’s and grandfather’s paths through the turbulent twentieth century. In the course of this exploration, Mazower touches on questions of identity and place, expanding on similar themes developed in his work on the history of Greece, Europe, and the world in the twentieth century.
Here, Mark Mazower discusses the experience of telling a personal narrative in a historical context, the struggles and opportunities presented by writing history with a focus on nations and people outside of the immediate center of power, and the importance of revisiting early twentieth-century political discussions in our current moment.
–Natalie Behrends (New York University)
Daniel Immerwahr, “How the US Had Hidden its Empire,” The Guardian.
Greg Grandin, “What’s at Stake in Venezuela?,” London Review of Books.
Alexander Williams, “The Treason Trial of Netaji That Never Happened,” The Wire.
Charlotte Lydia Riley, “The People’s University,” Tribune.
Pankaj Mishra, “See the Iranian Revolution as Iranians Do,” Bloomberg Opinion.
Eric Alterman, “The Decline of Historical Thinking,” The New Yorker.
Joanna Fuertes-Knight, “Attacks on the Media Show Duterte’s Philippines is Heading for Despotism,” The Guardian.
Martin Fletcher, “The Stains of Bloody Sunday,” New Statesman.
Beth Bhargava, “Fossil Fuels and the Corporate Takeover of Higher Education,” New Socialist.
Adam Tooze, “Everything You Know About Global Order is Wrong,” FP.
Adom Getachew, “When Jamaica Led the Postcolonial Fight Against Exploitation,” Boston Review.
Adam Waters & E.J. Dionne, “Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?,” Dissent.
Christian Mueller, “The Invention of the Silk Road,” Asia Dialogue.
Eric Alterman, “The Decline of Historical Thinking,” The New Yorker.
Jill Lepore, “A New Americanism: Why a Nation Needs a National Story,” Foreign Affairs.
Brahma Chellaney, “The Shackles of History in a Democracy,” The Japan Times.
Bill McKibben, “The Making of Our Polluted Age,” The Nation.
Wilson Chacko Jacob, “Essential Readings: Gender and Empire,” Jadaliyya.
Colin Dickey, “Companion and Commodity: The Victorian Dog,” LA Review of Books.
Brian Boeck, “Stalin’s Scheherazade,” Longreads.
Livia Gershon, “How Chocolate Came to Europe,” JSTOR Daily.
Esme Cleall, “Missing Links: The Victorian Freak Show,” History Today.
Darragh Gannon, “January 1919: The Irish Republic, the League of Nations, and a New World Order,” Blog Imperial & Global Forum.
In The Age of Questions (Princeton University Press, 2018), historian Holly Case (Brown University) presents seven interpretations of the many “questions” of the long nineteenth century—the Eastern, Social, Woman, American, Jewish, Polish, Bullion, and Tuberculosis Questions, among others.
Previous historians have questioned the reality of several such “x questions,” demonstrating, for example, how bourgeois nationalists sought to impose the categories of nation on people often unaccustomed or resistant to thinking in such terms. Holly Case sets herself a more ambitious task. She seeks to understand why nineteenth-century actors frequently framed political matters as “x questions”, what thinking in “x questions” served to do and collectively inclined toward, and how the many “x questions” were entangled across regions and domains of life.
Case’s work enables us to more forthrightly confront how current questions, scholarly and popular, are interpolated with the “x questions” of the long nineteenth century. In offering half a dozen distinct interpretations, internally coherent yet sometimes conflicting, she introduces a novel mode of writing history. It is a book ideally composed to provoke questions and invite common debate in today’s “age of fracture.”
–Liat Spiro (Harvard University/College of the Holy Cross)
Bart Zantvoort, “On Hartmut Rosa and the Acceleration of Social Change in Modernity,” JHIBlog.
Ahmed Elsayed, “The Battle over the Memory of Egypt’s Revolution,” OpenDemocracy.
Greg Grandin and Elizabeth Oglesby, “Washington Trained Guatemala’s Killers for Decades,” The Nation.
Rosa Schwartzburg and Imre Szijarto, “The Ghosts of a Fascist Past,” Jacobin.
Ciku Kimeria, “Dakar’s Museum of Black Civilizations is a Vital Step for a People Reclaiming Their History,” Quartz Africa.
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Matthew Keough, “AHA Member Spotlight: Vincent Leung,” Perspectives on History.
Justin Parkinson, “Can Anyone ‘Own’ the Moon?,” BBC News.
Kate Bagnall, “Were Chinese Women Naturalized in British Columbia?,” Blog The Tiger’s Mouth.
Alf Gunvald Nilsen, ‘How Can We Understand India’s Agrarian Struggle Beyond “Modi Sarkar Murdabad”?,’ EPW.
‘What Europeans Talk About When They Talk About Brexit,’ London Review of Books.
Peter Baker, ‘”We The People”: The Battle to Define Populism,’ The Guardian.
Gautam Bhatia, ‘ICLP Round Table: Oranit Shani’s “How India Became Democratic” – I: Laying the Foundations,’ Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy.
Adam Tooze, ‘Framing Crashed (8) – Provincializing Europe?,’ Blog Adam Tooze.
David Bell, ‘The Many Lives of Liberalism,’ The New York Review of Books.
Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer, ‘Have We had Enough of the Imperial Presidency Yet?,’ The New York Times.
Erin Bartram, ‘How Ph.D.s Romanticize the “Regular” Job Market,’ The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Gurminder K. Bhambra, ‘Brexit, Empire, and Decolonization,’ History Workshop.
Jon Piccini, ‘A White Working Man’s Country,’ Flood Media.
Daniel Denvir and Melinda Cooper, ‘Family Values with Melinda Cooper,’ The Dig.
Jeanne Morefield, ‘Trump’s Foreign Policy Isn’t the Problem,’ Boston Review.
Gil Rubin, ‘Beyond the Zionist Nation-State,’ Tablet.
In this new feature for the Toynbee Prize Blog, we’ve invited five academics, representing a variety of institutions around the world, to reflect upon their experiences in designing and delivering courses to undergraduate and graduate students in global history.
What are the current challenges for teaching global history? What materials or techniques have proven effective? What are the pedagogical implications of these approaches? These are just some of the issues we will explore in an open, frank exchange of ideas.
We hope reflecting upon the pedagogy of global history will prove of use to our wider readership as we consider how the subject may be taught going forward.
Process: We’ve asked respondents to answer five broad questions. Once all responses were received, the editor shared the responses amongst the participants, inviting comment and re-appraisal of responses. These further responses were then lightly copy-edited before publication.
–Sean Phillips (University of Oxford)
Danielle Jackson, ‘Memory and the Lost Cause,’ Longreads.
Peter Brown, ‘Between Two Empires,’ The New York Review of Books.
Daniel Rodgers, ‘The Uses and Abuses of “Neoliberalism”,’ Dissent.
Daniel Stolz, ‘The Lighthouse and the Observatory,’ Jadaliyya.
Santanu Das, ‘Indians in World War One,’ Historyextra.
Livia Gershon, ‘What Does History Smell Like,’ JSTOR Daily.
‘Why do the British Know so Little about Irish History?,’ History Today.
BOYD VAN DIJK
Arundhati Roy and Avni Sejpal, ‘How to Think About Empire,’ Boston Review.
Alex Shams, ‘The Weaponization of Nostalgia,’ Ajam Media Collective.
Robert Zaretsky, ‘Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did,’ Foreign Policy.
Yehudah Mirsky, ‘The End of the World That 1948 Made,’ Tablet.
CFP: The Fifth Berlin International Global History Student Conference 2019 (May 31-June 1, 2019, Berlin, Germany)
For graduate student readers of the Global History Blog, this recent call for applications is for you. The students of the Global History MA program at Humboldt University Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin have announced “The Fifth Berlin International Global History Student Conference 2019.” This graduate student-focused conference on global history provides the opportunity to…