Why History Matters: Historians Remap the World



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History Matters Forum Global Map

Do we need our history to be global? Work, leisure, war and peace, these are some of the themes that historians are now mapping onto a global past. Along the way they are changing the ways in which we see and map our own world, and ourselves. Join historians from all over the globe as they talk about how they approach the past globally, and hear the stories that they have to tell about our round world.

David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
David Armitage is currently working on three books: a history of the idea of civil war from Rome to Iraq, a study of the foundations of modern international thought, and an edition of John Locke’s colonial writings. Among his nine books to date are The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2009) and The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007).

Joyce E. Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University
Joyce Chaplin’s interests include topics in the history of science and in environmental history. She is the author of An Anxious Pursuit: Agricultural Innovation and Modernity in the Lower South, 1730-1815 (1993), Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676 (2001), and The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius (2006). She is currently writing a history of circumnavigation.

Erez Manela, Professor of History, Harvard University
Erez Manela’s current research is on international campaigns against disease, specifically the global campaign to eradicate smallpox and its significance for postwar international history. He is also working on conceptual and methodological aspects of the history of international society. He is the author of The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007).

Sunil Amrith, Lecturer in History Birkbeck College, University of London.
Sunil Amrith’s research is on the history of the Bay of Bengal region since the late eighteenth century, currently focusing on the history of migration and cultural circulation between south India and Southeast Asia. He is currently writing a short general history of Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia for Cambridge University Press. Sunil Amrith’s earlier work was on the history of public health in South and Southeast Asia. His book, Decolonizing International Health: India and Southeast Asia, 1930-65 (2006) examined the international exchange of ideas about health in Asia in the mid-twentieth century.

Glenda Sluga, Professor of International History, University of Sydney.
Glenda Sluga has published widely on the cultural history of international relations, and is currently researching two new books, one on the Congress of Vienna, and the other on the United Nations. Her publications include The Problem of Trieste and the Italo-Yugoslavian Border: Difference, Identity and Sovereignty in Twentieth-Century Europe (2001) and The Nation, Psychology and International Politics (2006).