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Galleons and Caravans: the main debates. Overview lecture. Galleons and Caravans Week 2 Wednesday 13 October 2010. Global Connections. Today’s Lecture. A. What is Galleons and Caravans about? B. What are the key concepts and methods used in the course?

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Galleons and Caravans

Week 2

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Global Connections


Today’s Lecture

A. What is Galleons and Caravans about?

B. What are the key concepts and methods used in the course?

C. Historical Debates in Global/World History


What makes this course different?

  • Team-taught course

2. Chronology: 1300-1800

3. Takes the wider world seriously


Thematically organised:

Theories of global history

Travel

Silk routes

Silver

Diasporas and migrations

Global cities

Global empires

The European trade companies

Global arts and material culture

Environment and ecological exchange

Religion

Science and technology

War, exploration and exploitation


1. What is Global History?

www.warwick.ac.uk/go/globalhistory


What is global history?

  • History of the entire globe?


What is global history?

  • History of the entire globe?

  • History of globalisation?



What is global history? boomed in the 1990s through

  • History of the entire globe?

  • History of globalisation?

  • History of interaction and connection in the early modern world


Ways of doing global history: boomed in the 1990s through

a. Connections:

- to explain both economic and cultural phenomena.

- connections are not always positive (exploitation, war, slavery, etc.).

b. Comparisons:

- especially used in the social sciences

- based on indepth studies of specific localities

- problem of what to compare


Ways of doing global history: boomed in the 1990s through

c. Holistic:

- the whole world as one unit (in ‘big history’ the whole ‘Universe’, as in David Christian’s Maps of Time (2004)

- use of science and biology

d. Systemic:

- analyzes how different areas (be they localities, states or empires) relate to each other.


World and Global History boomed in the 1990s through

Jounal of World History, since 1990, US-based

Journal of Global History, since 2006, UK-based


What is wrong with global history
What is wrong with Global History? boomed in the 1990s through

  • Eurocentrism

2. Dominance of economic history


Divergence
Divergence boomed in the 1990s through

David Landes

Kenneth Pomeranz

Post 1750

Coal and colonies

  • Environmental factors

  • Superior culture of Northern Europe


World systems theory
World-systems theory boomed in the 1990s through

Wallerstein

Frank


Silver and economic integration
Silver and economic integration boomed in the 1990s through

Flynn and Giraldez

Richard von Glahn


Scientific development
Scientific development boomed in the 1990s through

Toby Huff

Benjamin Elman


Scientific development1
Scientific development boomed in the 1990s through

Toby Huff

Benjamin Elman


East india companies
East India Companies boomed in the 1990s through

Om Prakash

Markus Vink

‘the new thalassology’

Annales school


Industrial revolution or luxury
Industrial Revolution or Luxury boomed in the 1990s through


Maxine Berg boomed in the 1990s through‘In Pursuit of Luxury: Global History and British Consumer Goods in the Eighteenth Century’ Past and Present (2004)


Other topics for your consideration
Other topics for your consideration boomed in the 1990s through

  • Empires—global or not?

  • Diaspora communities and their role in creating connections

  • Maritime connections versus land-based connections

  • Spread of religions

  • Cities as nodes of global trade

  • Columbian exchange


Global connections
Global Connections boomed in the 1990s through

  • Multidisciplinary approach

    • Economic history as well as social and cultural history

    • Art and material culture

    • Literary materials (travel records, personal accounts)

  • The early modern world had multiple centres of gravity

  • Periodization: start in 1300


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