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Introduction

Tutor: Giorgio Riello (g.riello@warwick.ac.uk)

This is an introductory meeting to familiarise students with the general outline and requirements of the module. The module will consider both thematic dimensions of global history—gender, economy, globalisation, material culture, and modernity—and the organization and distribution of the world according to socio-geographical units (area studies). 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.

Key Reading:

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.

Jeremy Adelman ‘What is Global History Now?' https://aeon.co/essays/is-global-history-still-possible-or-has-it-had-its-moment

Additional Readings:

Jan de Vries, 'Reflections on Doing Global History', in Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Maxine Berg (Oxford University Press, 2013), 32-47.

Dominic Sachsenmaier, 'Global History and critiques of western perspectives', Comparative Education, vol.42, no.3 (August 2006), 451-470.

Sebastian Conrad, What is Global History? (Princeton University Press, 2016).