Editor's Note: At the end of this posting, Professor Gilbert requests that suggestions/discussion come to him directly. Your H-World Editors encourage the use of H-World for this discussion. Subscribers, of course, are free to do as they wish.
From Marc Jason GIlbert, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii
My new, if smaller, University Library has requested a list from which to purchase books on world history. This request raises the issue as to what are the key readings for books in the field for university libraries with shrinking funding and shelf-space.
GENERAL GUIDELINES: Discussion should exclude 200-level materials or no textbooks, unless they offer new research or a new perspective.
• All should support 300-400 or graduate level study.
• Should support world history curriculum and common courses [for example as at Hawaii Pacific : Globalization; Terrorism/political violence; Oil/global economics; modern world revolutions; Islam and the Middle East; Imperialism; OCeanic studies; trans-regional and and comparative studies; Diaspora studies; the United States in World History; military and naval affairs in world history.
• No general survey type books.
Please send any discussion and or suggestions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I wish to create a discussion and resource base addressing this perennial issue, which is now in more critical due to reduction in library collection support despite burgeoning publications. Solutions, such as use of Hathi and other full-text digital collection are worthy of discussion. Invitations to a future World History Association conference panel will be extended to scholars wishing to contribute to this discussion with publication possible of the discussion in World History Connected, of which I am the editor.