Is Global History Suitable for Undergraduates?

Cross-Posted on the Imperial and Global Forum  Last week, I came across two provocative blog posts, at The Junto and the Imperial and Global History Network (IGHN), on teaching global history that got me thinking reflectively about my own recent experiences of approaching American and British imperial history from a global historical perspective. The big takeaways from both pieces seem to … Continue reading Is Global History Suitable for Undergraduates?

Editors’ Choice: The Dollar is Still King

ITHACA – Scarcely a week passes without news about the ascendance of China’s currency, the renminbi. But China has a long way to go before its currency can rival – let alone displace – the US dollar as the dominant global reserve currency. To be sure, China already plays a significant role in international trade … Continue reading Editors’ Choice: The Dollar is Still King

Empires, bureaucracies and religion arise from war

Computer simulation shows that conflict fueled political consolidation in ancient and medieval history. War drove the formation of complex social institutions such as religions and bureaucracies, a study suggests. The institutions would have helped to maintain stability in large and ethnically diverse early societies. The study authors, who tested their theories in simulations and compared … Continue reading Empires, bureaucracies and religion arise from war

Forum: Globalizing Early Modern German History

Driven by a leitmotif of our own times, globalization, historians are increasingly conducting their research under the aegis of ‘global’ or ‘world’ history. This history no longer seeks merely to explain the origins of the global world in which we now live, or to destabilize a traditional, Eurocentric view of the path to modernity. Instead, it asks … Continue reading Forum: Globalizing Early Modern German History