Synopses & Reviews
World history has expanded dramatically in recent years, primarily as a teaching field, and increasingly as a research field. Growing numbers of teachers and Ph.Ds in history are required to teach the subject. They must be current on topics from human evolution to industrial development in Song-dynasty China to today's disease patterns - and then link these disparate topics into a coherent course. Numerous textbooks in print and in preparation summarize the field of world history at an introductory level. But good teaching also requires advanced training for teachers, and access to a stream of new research from scholars trained as world historians. In this book, Patrick Manning provides the first comprehensive overview of the academic field of world history. He reviews patterns of research and debate, and proposes guidelines for study by teachers and by researchers in world history.
"Patrick Manning's book is an excellent introduction to a field of historical literature which will grow increasingly important."--Martin A. Klein, University of Toronto
A comprehensive analysis of the major dimensions of the academic study of world history by one of the foremost scholars in the field.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -413) and index.
About the Author
is Professor of History and African-American Studies at Northeastern University, where he directs the World History Center.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Evolution of World History x Defining World History x Historical Philosophy, to 1900 x Grand Synthesis, 1900-1965 x Themes and Analyses, 1965-1990 x Organizing a Field, since 1990 x Narrating World History x Part II. Revolution in Method x Disciplines x Area Studies x Global Studies Part III. Results of Recent Research x Political and Economic History x Social History x Technology, Ecology, and Health x Cultural History x Debating World History Part IV. Logic of Analysis x Scale in History: Time and Space x Modeling Frameworkds and Strategies x Verifying Historical Interpretations x Analyzing World History x Part V. Habits of Study and Research Development of Graduate Study x The Course of Study x Resources for Researchers and Teachers x Research at the Global Level x Keynotes for Study of World History