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Encounters Old and New in World HistoryEssays Inspired by Jerry H. Bentley$
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Alan Karras and Laura J. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824865917

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824865917.001.0001

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Making Porous and Expansive Boundaries

Making Porous and Expansive Boundaries

Jerry Bentley, World History, and Global Publics

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(p.29) Two Making Porous and Expansive Boundaries
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Encounters Old and New in World History
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Trevor R. Getz

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824865917.003.0003

This chapter explores the boundaries of world history and Jerry Bentley’s role as a guardian of those boundaries and of their porosity. Drawing on Bentley’s statements and choices as editor of the Journal of World History, the author asks questions about the field’s historical relationships to microhistories, to heritage production and public displays of history, and to community and public “knowers” of the past. In conclusion, the author proposes several experiments designed to allow world historians to assess the costs and advantages of lowering the boundaries of the field.

Keywords:   Jerry Bentley, world history, public history, heritage, empiricism, historical philosophy, disciplinarity

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