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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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Writing World Histories for Our Times

Writing World Histories for Our Times

(p.1) Introduction Writing World Histories for Our Times
Encounters Old and New in World History

Alan Karras

Laura J. Mitchell

University of Hawai'i Press

This essay considers the place of world history within the larger disciplinary practices of historical inquiry. Disciplinary traditions of deep specialization are in tension with world historians’ interest in broad patterns and long time scales, which leads some scholars—especially those with access to institutional power—to keep world historical scholarship at arm’s length. The essay demonstrates the institutional and intellectual benefits of supporting both global and local scholarship. It argues that historians’ attention to time scale significantly differentiates history from other analyses of globalization.

Keywords:   Jerry Bentley, world history, historical method, disciplinarity, globalization, historical scale, public humanities, public intellectuals, public history, history education

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