TITLE

Social History and World History: Prospects for Collaboration

AUTHOR(S)
Stearns, Peter
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Journal of World History;Mar2007, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p43
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article explores the complex relationship between social history and world history. It is claimed that both social and world history seek to recast traditional narratives away from the standard topics and the conventional cast of leading characters. Social history was born as a research field and has never had a well-defined teaching mission. Meanwhile, world history has soared as a teaching outlet. Its lack of comparability with existing monographs between the West and the rest became a practical barrier to social history at the global level. Social historians' predilection for narrow geographical bases and world historians' tendency to privilege elites is the most significant rift between the two.
ACCESSION #
23564985

 

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