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Support Aeon Donate now Well, that was a short ride. Global history would produce tolerant and cosmopolitan global citizens. When his book The Transformation of the World: It was already a sensation in Germany.
At the time, Merkel was on the mend from a broken pelvis and the political fallout of the Eurocrisis. She was calling to invite the author to her 60th-birthday party to lecture her guests about time and global perspectives.
Obsessed with the rise of China and the consequences of digitalisation, she had turned to the sage of the moment: Merkel, daughter of the East, might be the improbable last voice of Atlantic Charter internationalism.
Two years after her 60th birthday, the vision of an integrated future and spreading tolerance is beating a hasty retreat. What is to become of this approach to the past, one that a short time ago promised to re-image a vintage discipline? What would global narratives look like in the age of an anti-global backlash?
Until very recently, the practice of modern history centred on, and was dominated by, the nation state.
Most history was the history of the nation. If you wander through the history and biography aisles of either brick-and-mortar or virtual bookstores, the characters and heroes of patriotism dominate. In the United States, authors such as Walter Isaacson, David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin have helped to give millions of readers their understanding of the past and the present.
Inevitably, they wrote page-turning profiles of heroic nation-builders. Every nation cherishes its national history, and every country has a cadre of flame-keepers.
Then, along came globalisation and the shake-up of old, bordered imaginations. Historians quickly responded to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the crumbling protective ramparts of national capitalism, the boom in container shipping, and the rise of the cosmopolis.
New scales and new concepts came to life. These now-imperilled treaties promised a borderless world. There was also a surge of stories about a shared, planetary future, with a common, carbon-addicted past.
The Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in turned sustainability into a border-busting buzzword and fuelled environmental history. Two decades earlier, Alfred Crosby could not find a publisher who wanted his book The Columbian Exchangewhich charted the ecological fallout of the integration of the New World biome into the Eurasian system.
Now, his book is Biblical. A team founded the Journal of Global History. Behind the scenes, universities in Europe which includes, for a few more months at least, the United Kingdompockets in Japan, China and Brazil, but most especially in the US, rolled out new courses, new research centres, and new PhD programmes.
Globalisation had become all the rage. Historians, Hunt wrote inwere stepping up with narratives of interconnection and integration. To understand what global history was, it helps to understand what it was supposed to eclipse.
History meant the history of the nation, its peoples and their origins.Most selective colleges require you to submit an essay or personal statement as part of your application. You have a unique background, interests and personality.
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Mar 02, · is the Henry Charles Lea professor of history and director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University. His latest books are Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O Hirschman () and the co-authored Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (4th ed, ).
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