Global Perspectives on Global History: Theories and Approaches in a Connected World

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 4, 2011 - History
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In recent years, historians across the world have become increasingly interested in transnational and global approaches to the past. However, the debates surrounding this new border-crossing movement have remained limited in scope as theoretical exchanges on the tasks, responsibilities and potentials of global history have been largely confined to national or regional academic communities. In this groundbreaking book, Dominic Sachsenmaier sets out to redress this imbalance by offering a series of new perspectives on the global and local flows, sociologies of knowledge and hierarchies that are an intrinsic part of historical practice. Taking the United States, Germany and China as his main case studies, he reflects upon the character of different approaches to global history as well as their social, political and cultural contexts. He argues that this new global trend in historiography needs to be supported by a corresponding increase in transnational dialogue, cooperation and exchange.
 

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Contents

Neglected diversities
1
environments of global history
11
contours in the United States
59
3 On the margins of a troubled nation approaches in Germany
110
4 Another world? Thinking globally about history in China
172
Global history in a plural world
232
Bibliography
246
Index
325
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Dominic Sachsenmaier is Assistant Professor of Trans-Cultural and Chinese History at Duke University.

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