World History

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1980s. It examines history from a global perspective. It is not to be confused with comparative history, which like world history, deals with the history of multiple cultures and nations, but does not do so on a global scale.

World History looks for common patterns that emerge across all cultures. World historians use a thematic approach, with two major focal points: integration (how processes of world history have drawn people of the world together) and difference (how patterns of world history reveal the diversity of the human experience).


[hide] 1 Organization

2 History 2.1 Ancient

2.2 Early modern

2.3 Contemporary

3 History Education 3.1 United States

4 Recent themes

5 World historians

6 Bibliography 6.1 Primary sources

7 See also

8 References

9 External links

[edit] Organization

The advent of world history as a distinct field of study can be traced to 1980s,[1] and was heralded by the creation of the World History Association and of graduate programs at a handful of universities. Over the past 20 years, scholarly publications, professional and academic organizations, and graduate programs in world history have proliferated, although the WHA is still predominantly an American phenomenon.[2] It has become an increasingly popular approach to teaching history in American high schools and colleges. Many new textbooks are being published with a world history approach.

The World History Association publishes the Journal of World History every quarter since 1990.[3] The H-World discussion list[4] serves as a network of communication among practitioners of world history, with discussions among scholars, announcements, syllabi, bibliographies and book reviews.

The international Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations ISCSC approaches world history from the standpoint of comparative civilizations. Founded at a conference in 1961 in Salzburg, Austria, that was attended by Othmar Anderlie,...