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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.

Video: What is Global History? A Roundtable with Sebastian Conrad at the Institute for Advanced Study

Thursday, February 20 Institute for Advanced Study Since its publication in 2016, Sebastian Conrad’s What Is Global History? (Princeton University Press, 2016) has been read and debated not only by historians of modern Europe but also by historians of different parts of the world and scholars in different disciplines.  Who writes global history? How and for whom? And…

What We’re Reading This Week

Yehor Brailian Daniel Rey, “Escape to Mexico”, History Today Ray shows how Mexico in the twentieth century became the place of asylum for dictators, revolutionaries, and artists—from Luis Buñuel to Evo Morales. Rachel Tiven, “The World’s Fair That Ignored More Than Half the World”, JSTOR Daily Rachel Tiven analyses the experience of racial and gender…

What We’re Reading This Week

Kristie Flannery Timothy Brook, “Blame China? Outbreak orientalism, from the plague to coronavirus”, The Globe and Mail Why has China been blamed as the wellspring of global pandemics? Is it just an orientalist bad habit, a holdover from a time when we feared what was farthest away, and farthest away was China? Timothy Brook puts…

What We’re Reading This Week

Zaib un Nisa Aziz Zadie Smith, What Do We Want History to Do to Us? The New York Review of Books  Alison Light, Behind the Green Baize Door, London Review of Books  Cindy Ewing Adom Getachew, Imbolo Mbue, Omar Victor Diop, Bozoma Saint John, Wayetu Moore, Didier Drogba, David Adjaye, Dinaw Mengestu, Luvvie Ajayi, “What Does Independence Look…

Doing Global History: Research Field Guide to the Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico)

Archivo General de la Nación: Mexico’s Black Palace by Edward Anthony Polanco This blog post was originally published on H-LatAm Edward Anthony Polanco is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech. He specializes on indigenous communities, healing, and gender in colonial Mexico. Edward is presently completing a book manuscript that explores…

What We’re Reading This Week

Matthew Bowser Reuters, “Anti-China sentiments, racism spreading along with coronavirus”, The New York Post Ian Sample, “No 10 furore is latest chapter in long, dark history of racist science”, The Guardian Jonathan Marcus, “US-Taliban talks: A prelude to all-encompassing Afghan deal?”, BBC Mahdi Chowdhury Kaamil Ahmed, “The river is our home’: Bangladeshi boatmen mourn their receding waters“, The Guardian…

What We’re Reading This Week

Chloe Bordewich Houri Berberian, “Roving Revolutionaries: How cosmopolitan Armenian radicals launched the 20th century”, Aeon Ra’uf Mas’ad,  “السودان ومصر في مرايا متعاكسة”, Bidayat Samuel Tafreshi, “When Hamlet Speaks Persian: A History of Shakespeare Translation in Iran”, Ajam Media Collective Collin Bernard David Motadel, “The Myth of Middle-Class Liberalism”, The New York Times  Quinn Slobodian, “Colossus Wears Tweed”, Dissent Anthony…

Unexpected Guests? The Soviet Union and the History of Global Capitalism: An Interview with Oscar Sanchez-Sibony

Capitalism versus Communism. To many, the latter half of the twentieth history was deeply shaped by the confrontation between these two ideological and socioeconomic systems. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, capitalism’s triumph was credited to its valorization of money and protection of markets, among other factors; and, as the story continues, Communists failed,…