"The New Global
History," by Bruce Mazlish (English, Adobe PDF Format).
Technoscience: The Dark Matter of Social Theory," April 2002,
by Wolf Schäfer.
"Comparing Modern Japan: Are There More Comparisons to Make?," July 2002, by Raymond Grew.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Transnational Reading," September 2002, by Christina Klein.
In formal terms this is an essay about the uses of comparative historical
analysis rather than an essay on global history. Nevertheless, it seems
relevant in several respects. First of all, the tendency to frame Japanese
history in comparative terms is in itself a product of global history.
In addition, speculation about the issues and topics in Japan that call
for new comparative studies becomes a discussion of global changes.
Most tellingly still, the problems of comparative analysis mentioned
here - finding the proper historical scale, the need to move beyond
Western models, and the implications of newer theories (post-structuralist,
post-colonial, and gender-based) - are also issues faced by global historians.
My own guess is that in meeting challenges of topic and method, global
historians will find it fruitful to turn from sweeping accounts of long-term
processes to more local and often comparative analysis of specific historical
problems defined within a global framework. If that is so, the comparisons
used will often be surprisingly fresh. With that in mind, a global historian
might find something stimulating in the unlikely comparison of Japan
"A Tour Of Globalization," by Bruce Mazlish (Adobe PDF Format).
"On history becoming History: World History and New Global History," by Bruce Mazlish (English, Adobe PDF Format).
This article has appeared as yet only in Spanish, as "La histori se hace Historia: la Historia Mundial y la Nueva Historia Global," in the Annual, Memoria y Civilizacion, 4, 2001, 5-17.
"Global History: Historiographical Feasibility and Environmental Reality," 1993, by Wolf Schäfer.
"The Global Ages," 1995, by Wolf Schäfer.
"Global Civilization and Local Cultures," 2001, by Wolf Schäfer.
"Japanese Hip-Hop and the
Globalization of Popular Culture", 2001, by Ian Condry.
"Early Globalization and the Slave Trade," YaleGlobal, 9 May 2003, by Robert Harms.
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