World history

Web site of the Global History Center of Capital Normal University, Beijing with many articles on global history

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For the web site of the Global History Center of Capital Normal University (首都师范大学全球史研究中心), Beijing, see  http://www.global-history.org/ (Chinese) or http://www.global-history.org/?page_id=20 (English).

For the list of articles on global history see http://www.global-history.org/?cat=7 (Chinese) or http://www.global-history.org/?cat=20 (English).

Historian Liu Xincheng (刘新成) on the Global View of History in China (in English)

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Prof. Liu Xincheng, director of the Global History Center, Capital Normal University, has published a paper titled “The Global View of History in China” in the world renowned academic journal the Journal of World History. (See attachment for Liu Xincheng, “The Global View of History in China,” trans. Sun Yue, Journal of World History, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Sept., 2012), pp. 491-511.) The paper was the keynote address that Prof. Liu delivered at the 20th World History Association conference, July 7-10, 2011 hosted by the Global History Center, CNU. Shortly after, the paper was published in China’s leading historical journal, Lishi yanjiu [Historical Research], No. 6 (2011): 180-187.

In the paper, Liu discusses the varying responses to the rise of global history in China and points out the need for piecemeal but steady progress in constructing a genuine world history. He also calls on world historians to reflect on such fundamental issues as “what is the good life”, an endeavor that comes not so often from historians.
What merits a special mentioning is that the English version of the paper was revised and edited by no less a world historian than the late Prof. Jerry H. Bentley himself in late 2011. It is noted here as a tribute to Prof. Jerry H. Bentley, who had done so much to promote world/global history teaching and research in China.

See http://www.global-history.org/?p=2234. For the full text see ”The Global View of History in China”.

Historian Zhang Weiwei (张伟伟) on the need to strengthen the integration of world history and Chinese history

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张伟伟:全球史中的中国史

摘要:中国史是全球史的一部分。但在我国,由于专业分割中国史和世界史的学者都鲜有真正把中国史当成全球史的一部分来研究。这种情况不利于我国全球史和中国史的深入研究。本文从无中心论整体研究的全球视角审视全球史中的中国史,就全球史研究中的中心论与中国,中西比较与可比性,“‘东方衰落’先于‘西方崛起’”与“李约瑟之谜”等问题提出了与主流观点不同的看法。作者呼吁加强全球史中的中国史研究。

 Keywords: Chinese History, Global History, Holistic Approach, Contingency
发布时间:2013-09-23
作者:张伟伟
Other publications by the author: http://kbs.cnki.net/forums/zhww88/Space.aspx

Wang Yongping (王永平) on global history and its impact on research on Chinese history

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Text on the impact of global history, its theory and methods on historians in China. The author claims that the impact of global history is limited to scholars interested in world history and the theory of history and is asking why historians from other fields, especially from research on Chinese history are still reluctant to engage with global history. See  http://bnuhh.bnu.edu.cn/zgsxs/55925.html

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Liu Xincheng (刘新成) on how to write universal history

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Interesting text on how to inherit and revive the Chinese historiographical tradition of ethical judgement in order to write a universal history inspired by considerations of what constitutes a good life, a harmonious society. See http://bnuhh.bnu.edu.cn/zgsxs/54953.html, reposted at http://www.zhongdaonet.com/NewsInfo.aspx?id=3443.

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