The responses to Adelman's essay from last week have taken informative and provocative turns. There's clearly lots in the essay to grapple with. So far, though, no one has responded to the provocative title and the question behind it: is global history just a passing academic fad, a moment that shone brightly and is now fading?
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From my reading of the Aeon article, Professor Adelman has provided a cautionary tale about the dangers inherent in historians' pandering to political currency for relevance, classroom numbers, research grants, tenure, publication, or other challenges facing our profession. The idea that global history may be waning because of a reversal or uncertainty in global political and economic trends raises a red flag that the underlying theory is teleological and therefore flawed, in that it ignores the inevitable uncertainty in outcomes in regional and local particularities.
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Thanks for the interesting comments, Professor Owens. Your description of your database initiative immediately reminded me of AHA President Patrick Manning's presidential address in Denver earlier this year. He and his colleagues at Pitt are building what sounds like an enormous database for world history data of all kinds (the "World Historical Dataverse" http://www.worldhistory.pitt.edu/about.php). He urged us all to submit data in any form. Perhaps you are collaborating with that group already.
Dear friends and colleagues,
The Transnational Asia: an online interdisciplinary journal editorial committee calls for submissions for its second issue to be published in Spring/Summer 2017.