Navigating World History

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Overview

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.

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403961198
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Manning is Professor of History and African-American Studies at Northeastern University, where he directs the World History Center.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. I The Evolution of World History
1 Defining World History 3
2 Historical Philosophy to 1900 17
3 Grand Synthesis, 1900-1965 37
4 Themes and Analyses, 1965-1990 55
5 Organizing a Field since 1990 79
6 Narrating World History 107
Pt. II Revolution in Historical Studies
7 Disciplines 121
8 Area Studies 145
9 Global Studies 163
Pt. III Results of Recent Research
10 Political and Economic History 183
11 Social History 201
12 Ecology, Technology, and Health 215
13 Cultural History 229
14 Debating World History 255
Pt. IV Logic of Analysis in World History
15 Scale in History: Time and Space 265
16 Modeling Frameworks and Strategies 275
17 Verifying and Presenting Interpretations 297
18 Analyzing World History 313
Pt. V Study and Research in World History
19 Programs and Priorities in Graduate Education 327
20 Courses of Study 343
21 Resources for Graduate Study 353
22 Researching World History 361
23 Conclusion: Tasks in World History 371
Bibliography 379
Index 415
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