Presidential World, Global, and Transnational Visions of History

AHA Session 196
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 3A (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Diego Holstein, University of Pittsburgh
Traditions and Encounters: The Changing Shape of World History
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Global History Defined
Dennis O. Flynn, Pacific World History Institute and University of the Pacific
The Audience

Session Abstract

The expansion of historical studies beyond the level of national monographs to explore the possibilities of large-scale historical analysis has led to a remarkable variety of approaches and an elaborate terminology. This session, in honor and in memory of the late Jerry H. Bentley, founding editor of the Journal of World History, brings three leading scholars to articulate the specifics of approaches to the past known as world history, global history, and transnational history. These roundtable presentations will enable participants in the session to see the areas of overlap among these visions of the past but also the distinctions in their approaches and in some cases the conflicts among them.
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