Global Inc., a 163 page historical atlas of the Multinational
Corporation, has just been published by New Press. Copies can be ordered
from the Press at $24.95. This atlas is one result of the Conference
on Mapping the MNCs, part of the overall NGH initiative. Another outcome
is a volume of selected essays from the Conference, tentatively entitled
"Leviathans: Multinational Corporations and the New Global History,
ed. Alfred Chandler and Bruce Mazlish. Publication of this volume has
been approved by the Syndics of Cambridge University Press, and a contract
Sachsenmaier Appointed to Tenure Track (June 2003)
Dominic Sachsenmaier, a member of the NGH "cadre," has just been appointed to a tenure track position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Global History. As far as is known, this is the first position ever advertised in such terms. Working in conjunction with Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, Director of Global and International studies at the University, and author of the fine book, Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (2000), Sachsenmaier will be a valuable link between Juergensmeyer's center and the NGH initiative."
M. "Behrooz" Tamdgidi, another colleague affiliated with NGH, has accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in Sociology, where his work will include, among others, research on globalization from the standpoint of his interests on the subject. He leaves the State University of New York, Oneonta, to take up his new position in the fall of 2003.
Martin Klimke, VW Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, has agreed to become web master of the New Global History website from now on.
The New Global History Initiative and the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, in collaboration, are mounting a conference/project to take place in Oct.30-Nov. 2, 2003 at Yale University. The project starts from a paradox: the USA is the foremost power promoting globalization, but is on many counts pursuing policies that are anti-global in their essence; i.e., the USA is uneasy about living in the global society that it is helping to create. The intent is to look deeply, and in non-partisan fashion, at the historical, cultural, social, etc. roots of this paradox.
Europe and Globalization
A conference/project on Europe and Globalization is under consideration, to be co-sponsored by the NGH Initiative and the Library of Congress, represented by Professor Klaus Larres, holder of the Kissinger Chair at the Library this year; a planning meeting has already taken place on April 5, 2003 at Harvard University.
A Reader in Global History
A Reader in Global History, edited by Bruce Mazlish and Akira Iriye, is now under contract with Routledge, to be published within the next year or so.
Global History, or rather "New Global History", to distinguish it from traditional world history, is a new sub-field of history. It starts from the contemporary phenomenon of globalization, seen as a process, and attempts to understand it from an historical perspective (which it adds to the other ways of dealing with the subject); in adopting this perspective, the new global historian goes as far back into the past as needed to understand the particular aspect of the subject under investigation.
This initiative began with an international conference (funded by the Culpeper Foundation), held in Bellagio, Italy, in 1991, where the first effort was made to conceptualize the new sub-field and to suggest ways to implement it (see Conceptualizing Global History, Westview Press, 1993). The starting point for global history resides in a number of basic facts of our time: a step into space, with its view of "Spaceship Earth"; satellites, making possible instantaneous communication; multinationals; human rights; nuclear weapons; environmental problems; etc. These factors, and others like them, transcend existing national boundaries (though not doing away with the nation state), and interrelate with one another in unprecedented synchronicity and synergy. One result, although not all new global historians agree on this point, is a proposed new periodization-a "global epoch", which some date from the 1950s, others from the 1970s.
Subsequent to the first conference, four other international gatherings have taken place: on "Global Civilization and Local Cultures"(in Darmstadt, Germany, funded by the Technische Hochschule and the Tyssen Foundation), "Global History and Migrations" (in Hong Kong, funded by the University of Hong Kong), "Food and Global History" (in Ann Arbor, Michigan, funded by the University of Michigan and the Toynbee Foundation), and "Mapping the Multinationals" (in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., funded by the Ford Foundation and the RBF). With the exception of the Darmstadt conference, the results have been published in a series on Global History, ed. by Carol Gluck, Raymond Grew and Bruce Mazlish, by the Westview Press. The Pocantico Hills papers are now in process of preparation for publication by Alfred Chandler and Bruce Mazlish (co-chairs of the conference), as is a volume, Global Inc., under the direction of Medard Gabel, Director of the World Game Institute. A further means of representation will be in terms of a digitalized map, allowing for constant change, and a CD Rhom. (It should also be noted that the Westview series is open-ended, and non-conference volumes can be included. One that has already appeared is Robert P. Clark, The Global Imperative, 1997).
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