To Grasp Geopolitical Transformations, Don't Forget to Look at the Map
by Tim Marshall
Historians and thinkers in other fields could benefit from a greater attention to geography and a greater understanding of how ideas, politics and identities are anchored to the physical space of the earth.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
David Graeber and David Wengrow Have Given Human History a Rewrite
by William Deresiewicz
A new effort at a synthesis of the sweep of human history upends what recent popularizers have presented as a progressive path from hunter-gatherer society to corporate capitalism by emphasizing choice, contingency, and the possibility of doing things differently.
SOURCE: New York Times
Niall Ferguson Examines Disasters of the Past and Disasters Still to Come (Review)
Niall Ferguson's synthetic overview of disaster in human history is ambitious and accessible, but it makes some odd decisions, including dismissing the severity of the climate change threat to focus on less predictable potential threats.
Locating the Present in the Past: a World History Teaching Challenge
by Peter N. Stearns
I have always believed that the primary goal of world history teaching was to help students place the world around them today in context of the past.
Richard Haass on the Need for Historically Informed Policy in a Changing World
by David O'Connor
"A democracy requires that its citizens be informed, and it was evident far too many citizens in the United States and other countries could not be described as globally literate."
Examining Christian End Times Rhetoric in the Time of COVID
by Andrew Joseph Pegoda
Historical amnesia and everyday privilege are what make it seem to some Christians that end prophecies are actively in progress.
Survival Of The Kindest: Can Our Better Nature Help Us Build A Better World?
Read an excerpt from historian Rutger Bregman's "Human Kind: A Hopeful History" before his interview on NPR's "On Point" on July 13th.
SOURCE: Financial Times
Rutger Bregman on His Intellectual Journey and the Problems of the Speaking Circuit
“Powerful players pay obscene sums for talks. For a 10-minute speech you can get my mother’s annual salary in special education. Generally, the more you’re paid, the dumber your audience. The cleverest audiences are students and, of course, old people."
Kenneth Pomeranz wins 2021 Toynbee Prize
Kenneth Pomeranz's work on global economic history has been recognized for driving new understanding of the history of global exchange and sparked global collaboration among historians.
'Acts of Kindness Are Really Contagious.' Historian Rutger Bregman Argues for a New Way of Thinking About Humanity
"What I’m trying to do in this book is to turn this narrative around, to show that actually, over thousands of years, people have actually evolved to be friendly," says Bregman.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Rutger Bregman: The Dutch Historian who Rocked Davos and Unearthed the Real Lord of the Flies
The historian offers a hopeful view of human nature in his latest book, "Humankind." It couldn’t have come at a better time.
SOURCE: NY Times
Nigeria Is Haunted by Its Civil War
by Max Siollun
The conflict’s legacy continues to hold the country captive, half a century later.
Trump—A Wannabe Dictator in Training
by John C. Waugh
Trump has suggested how good it might be for him to enjoy a third term, perhaps more, even though the Constitution forcefully forbids it.
SOURCE: Pacific Standard
Complaints against the AP history exam keep coming
by David M. Perry
The demands for rote memorization, coupled with Western centrism, are failing our students.
It’s 2018 and Still High Schools Aren’t Teaching World History?
by Jeremy Greene
They call it world history, but it’s really just Western Civ. Case study: Massachusetts.
High school students now must take a world history class to graduate, new law says
"If our citizens and workforce are to compete and prosper in the global economy, they must have a strong foundation in world history and geography."
The History of the World Keeps Changing. Literally.
by Odd Arne Westad
Image via Shutterstock.Excerpted from "The History of the World, Sixth Edition" by J.M. Roberts and Odd Arne West. Copyright © 2013 Odd Arne Westad. All rights reserved.
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