World History Connected, an e-journal published by the University of Illinois Press, announces the appearance of its October issue (Vol. 16, no. 3) which is devoted to research in, and the scholarship of teaching the place of art in world history. Its featured articles include Michael Herbst’s unpacking of centuries of competing political representations of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, and Stephanie Honchell’s study of Islamization on the Islamic frontiers in Central and Southeast Asia that demonstrates that conversion and lasting belief in these regions were and remain deeply rooted in Islamic cosmologies and worldviews.
Both articles, in terms of architecture and literature, tie into this issue’s Forum, which emphasizes the value of connecting innovative scholarship to the methodology of using the arts to teach about the past. This subject is most directly addressed in articles by Kathryn Florence and Michelle and Patrick Bulla. Kathryn Florence shows how the study of domestic frescos can reveal the deepest of insights into the belief systems of pre-modern/early modern Mesoamericans. Michelle and Patrick Bulla demonstrate how on-going investigations into the possibility of interconnectivity between the art of ancient Greece in China can be used to engage students in evidence-based analysis, while stimulating students to explore “connectedness” in artistic expression and humanity at large.
Rajeshwari Dutt and Michael Laver demonstrate that a focus on art, whether that associated with Western paintings or Japanese woodcuts, can be of great value in the teaching of world history to non-traditional or online students, and/or those students whose secondary and college curriculums were and remain so focused on technology, engineering and mathematics as to limit their exposure to the Humanities, as well the discipline of History.
As this issue’s Guest Editor. Thomas Mounkhall points out in his introduction to the Forum, those familiar with Advanced Placement World History terminology will recognize how all of the articles in this issue serve to develop world history “habits of mind” and core concepts, such as change and continuity, cross-regional and internal dynamics, historical and geographical context, and the importance of evidence. Further, they exemplify this journal’s effort to not only publish both traditional research articles and articles on the scholarship of teaching, but to promote as an ideal the value of work that seeks to connect the two for the benefit of the historical profession within and beyond the classroom.
Each issue of the journal also features book reviews and maintains a list of books to be reviewed. This issue features the following reviews:
Serge Avery review of John C. Corbally, The Twentieth-Century Word, 1914-present. Bloomsbury, 2019.
Eric Spierer, review of Bin Yang, Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History. New York: Routledge, 2018.
Christoph Strobel, review of Kate Fullagar and Michael A. McDonnell, eds. Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018).
Joseph Snyder, review of Clare Anderson, ed., A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
For those unfamiliar with World History Connected, it is an affiliated publication of the World History Association. It was founded in 2006 as an interdisciplinary, open sourced, double-blind peer-reviewed, e-journal publication of the University of Illinois Press, which currently reaches 1.85 million “readers” annually (people who read more than one article) and 6 million visits to its website. It is published 3 times a year (February, June, and October). Recent issues of the journal have explored the Atlantic in World History and Film in World History. Projected issues include subjects such as Vikings in World History (deadline for submissions December 1) or topics Southeast Asian in World History (deadline March 1), Latin American history (August 1), active learning (including gaming and simulations), graphic histories, and the current trend toward authoritarianism in global and historical perspective (as yet to be determined). Scheduling is an art rather than a science, so those wishes to submit articles for consideration on these subjects or any subject should express that interest as soon as possible.
As the above indicates, as well as publishing reviews and individual articles, World History Connected publishes “Forums” or a special section of the journal, on a world/global history topic. These usually consist of three to five articles. Often, overtures are made by scholars who seek to serve as Guest Editors for Forums and curate related individual articles submitted or those they have solicited, all subject to the usual peer review process. Guest editors have included Presidents of the American Historical Association and the World History Association. The journal welcomes any who seek to author an individual article or bring together articles pursing innovative approaches to this interdisciplinary field.
Book review correspondence should be directed to the Book Review Editor, Christine Skwiot at firstname.lastname@example.org. Article submissions and general correspondence should be directed to the Editor at email@example.com. Submitted manuscripts should be prepared according to the Submissions and Style Sheets on the tabs at the left-hand margin of the journal’s homepage (Word or Word.docx, double-spaced, with endnotes) at https://worldhistoryconnected.press.uillinois.edu/index.html.
Marc Jason Gilbert, PhD
Professor of History,
Endowed Chair in World History and
Editor, World History Connected
Hawai’i Pacific University
College of Liberal Arts
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Honolulu, Hawaii 96813