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Welcome to the Toynbee Prize Foundation

The Foundation seeks to promote scholarly engagement with global history through several activities. Foremost among these is the Toynbee Prize, an award granted every other year to recognize outstanding work in global history. As an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, the Foundation sponsors one session at the Association’s annual meeting. In the years in which the Prize is awarded, the recipient presents a lecture. In alternate years, the Foundation sponsors a session on global history.

Some Reflections on the Nature of Global History

During the 1990s, when the term “global history” started becoming more popular within academic circles, quite a number of scholars expressed great reservations against this field. One of the most frequently articulated charges was that global history was destined to operate on a rather superficial level and would not be able to reach deeper than the realm of textbooks, trade books and introductory undergraduate courses. After all, many critics added, no serious scholar could possibly know a sufficient number of languages which would allow him or her to operate at a truly global level. Hence, the same logic went, global history could never evolve into a true research field which in the field of history, after all, is based on archival work and an intimate familiarity with primary sources on a distinct subject matter ((See for example O’Brien, Patrick K., “Historiographical Traditions and Modern Imperatives for the Restoration of Global History”, Journal of Global History, 1-1 (2006), pp. 3-39)).

In recent years, these debates have subsided, and the new great discussions on global history have moved on to different issues and themes. It is mainly distant outsiders remaining unfamiliar with the field’s most recent developments and trajectories who still pose the question whether global history can indeed evolve into an area of research. As a matter of fact, global history is being practiced by a growing, vibrant community of researchers. For them it is not primarily as a site of textbook production but rather an arena of genuine historical scholarship. This simple observation is evidenced by the sharply growing number of journal articles, research projects and monographs which in their title refer to “global history” or closely related terms ((See for example, Crossley, Pamela Kyle, What is Global History?, Cambridge: Polity, 2008)). In this context one may also refer to the founding of the Journal of Global History in 2006, and one may add that even earlier, in 1999, the American Historical Review introduced a review section focusing on “global and comparative” studies.

Announcing ‘The Great War and Global History’ conference, Oxford 9-10 January 2014

‘The Great War and Global History’ conference 9-10 January 2014 Maison Française, Oxford A two-day conference hosted by the Oxford Centre for Global History, Changing Character of War programme and Maison Française d’Oxford.  Convenors: Hew Strachan, James Belich, John Darwin  PLENARY SPEAKERS:  FINANCE Patrick O’Brien (LSE) ‘Warfare with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and the Consolidation of…

CFP: 4th European Congress on World and Global History – Panel: Peripheral Port-Cities as Portals of Globalization

This panel on ‘Peripheral Port-Cities as Portals of Globalization’ is to take place at the 4th European Congress on World and Global History in Paris, 4-7 September 2014. The panel focuses on port-cities that once were relevant portals of globalization, but for one reason or another lost their appeal or saw their strategic centrality reduced…

Call for Reviewers: Itinerario, the International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction

Itinerario, the International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction (part of Cambridge University Press) is looking for reviewers for the following titles (see list below). Are any of you interested in reviewing the following books (list below) for the journal? A completed review, of approximately 1000 words, would be due to…

Workshop Announcement: Global Archivalities

May 7, 2013, 9-11 AM (PDT) Convenor: Randolph Head (UC-Riverside) Co-convenors: Arndt Brendecke (Munich), Hilde de Weerdt (London-King’s College) Attendance: In-person in Riverside, CA, or via Adobe Connect (globally) To participate: contact the convenor Archives play a fundamental role in historical research, yet archivality as a human cultural product subject to enormous variation – across…

Call for abstract submissions: Italy, Persia, and Early Modern Globalism

Please consider submitting an abstract for this session at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in Chicago in February 2014. Chicago, CAA Annual Conference, February 12 – 15, 2014 ITALY, PERSIA, AND EARLY MODERN GLOBALISM Cristelle Baskins, Tufts University, and Pamela Jones, UMass Boston Email: cristelle.baskins@tufts.edu or pamela.jones@umb.edu In late antiquity the eastern…

World History Center, University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Workshop in World History

World History Center, University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Workshop in World History, June 3 -15, 2013 The World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh is happy to announce its third two-week summer doctoral workshop on World History. The workshop addresses the construction of dissertation projects and teaching curriculum in world history. The program is based on…

Rothermere American Institute Inaugural Lecture: Prof Sir John Elliott: ‘Spanning the Atlantic’

Friday 3 May at 17.00 Rothermere American Institute, Oxford All welcome No scholar has done more to explain and illuminate the history of the Atlantic and the nations and empires that have bordered it than Professor Sir John Elliott, FBA. For more than fifty years, his work has shaped the understanding of European settlement and…

Oxford Centre for Global History: Global Knowledge Workshop

The University of Oxford’s Transnational and Global History group is pleased to announce a one-day interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Global Knowledge’, to be held at Ertegun House, Oxford on 10 May 2013,with a keynote address by Professor Sir Christopher Bayly. It is being planned in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Global History’s ‘Empires of Knowledge’ workshop on 9 May 2013. This workshop seeks…

Colloquium – Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning (February 8 2013, CUNY Graduate Center)

Al-Andalus: History, Memory and Meaning http://alandaluscuny.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ February 8 2013 – 5-8 pm – Room C 197, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, NY, NY Al-Andalus was a rare example where Muslims, Christians and Jews largely, if uneasily, co-existed and where, as a result of this intermingling, exceptional art, architecture and literature developed over the course…