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Introduction (Howard Chiang)

This is an introductory meeting to familiarise students with the general outline and requirements of the module. The module will consider both the thematic dimensions of global history--gender, economy, globalisation, material culture, and modernity--and the organisation and distribution of the world according to social-geographical units. To set the stage for discussion in the subsequent weeks, we will begin by delving into various broad-based theories and approaches to the historical study of the globe.



Shu-mei Shih, ‘Global Literature and the Technologies of Recognition’, PMLA 119, no. 1 (2004): 16-30. [e-journal]

Maxine Berg, 'Global History: Approaches and New Directions', in Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Maxine Berg (Oxford University Press, 2013), 1-18. [e-book]

Prasenjit Duara, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). [e-book]


Immanuel Wallerstein, 'The European World Economy: Periphery versus External Arena', in The Modern World System I: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century (University of California Press, 2011 [1974]), chap. 6, 300-344. [e-book]

Ann Laura Stoler and Frederick Cooper, 'Between Metropole and Colony: Rethinking a Research Agenda', in Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World, ed. Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler (Duke University Press, 1997), 1-56. [e-book]

Ann Laura Stoler and Carole McGranahan, 'Introduction: Refiguring Imperial Terrains', in Imperial Formations, ed. Ann Laura Stoler, Carole McGranahan, and Peter C. Perdue (Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2007), 3-42. [e-book]

Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, 'Imperial Trajectories', in Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010), 1-22.

David Palumbo-Liu, Bruce Robbins, and Nirvana Tanoukhi, eds., Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011).

Shu-mei Shih, ‘The Concept of the Sinophone’, PMLA 126, no. 3 (2011): 709-718. [e-journal]