Global History: Interactions between the Universal and the Local by Editor-A.G. Hopkins


This fresh collection of case studies is essential reading for anyone studying globalization, world history, transnational history or world politics. A.G. Hopkins’ invaluable introduction places the new global history in the context of world, international and transnational history, and an afterword by pioneering historian William McNeill concludes the volume. Each of the chapters looks at an aspect of the key relationship between the universal and the local in global history.

From the Back Cover:

Globalization is the buzz-word of today. It envelops our world, but it also has long historical roots. This edited volume shows how the universal principles embodied in the process of globalization have interacted with diverse localities across the globe during the past two centuries.

A. G. Hopkins presents a collection of fresh case studies that draw on different parts of the world – ranging from the Navajo reservation to Japan, via the Middle East and Vietnam – and cover various types of history: economic, political, social, cultural and intellectual. Hopkins’s Introduction places the new global history in the context of national history and world history; William H. McNeill, the pioneering historian of large-scale history, concludes the volume with a reflective Afterword. The historical record demonstrates that globalization has not only produced uniformity but has also reinforced difference. Global History offers a coherent explanation of these diverging outcomes, and in doing so points towards a new type of world history. It is essential reading for anyone studying international history, world history, globalization, or world politics.

About the Author:

A.G. HOPKINS, formerly the Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge, UK, and now an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK, is currently the Walter Prescott Webb Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is a leading historian of imperialism, and has made important contributions to the study of globalization and global history.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2006

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