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The Prospect of Global History

James Belich, John Darwin, Margret Frenz, and Chris Wickham


This volume is the first of a new series from the Oxford Centre for Global History. It seeks to apply global history rather than merely preach it, and suggests a number of ways in which this can be done. East Asian and Islamic perspectives are here taken as seriously as European ones. The volume insists on depth in historical analysis, or longue durée, and speaks to those interested in medieval and ancient history quite as much as modern history. At the same time, it offers case studies from a wide geographical range. Chapters range from historical sociology to economic history, from ancient a ... More

Keywords: global history, historical sociology, economic history, Europe, East Asia, Islam, South Asia, longue durée

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732259
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Belich, editor
Beit Professor of Commonwealth and Imperial History, University of Oxford

John Darwin, editor
Professor of Global and Imperial History, University of Oxford

Margret Frenz, editor
Lecturer in Global and Imperial History, University of Oxford

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Part I Conceptual Considerations


James Belich, John Darwin, and Chris Wickham

2 The Economist and Global History

Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke

Part II Global Circulations

3 Unnecessary Dependences

Nicholas Purcell

4 A Global Middle Ages?

Robert I. Moore

Part III Global Networks

8 The Real American Empire

Antony G. Hopkins


John Darwin

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