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Postcolonial Studies Meets Global History

Rendez-vous in the Francophone World

Burleigh Hendrickson

Lefebvre or revisionists Alfred Cobban and François Furet, it is no surprise that historians often painted themselves into both ideological and hexagonal corners within these limiting lines of inquiry. Notably late to the global history party, scholars of

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Transparent Global History? The Contribution of Vienna Global Studies

Susan Zimmermann

Since the 1980s faculty and visiting lecturers at the University of Vienna, have collaborated on and contributed to various study programs and publications in global history and international development. This article explores how the desire to make these writings accessible to a broad spectrum of reading publics has combined with a specific interest in writing emancipatory rather than conservative and affirmative history. I argue that some of the professional dangers associated with writing global history—sometimes read by, and often directed to, less specialist audiences—are much more universal problems of historiography than many would think. Historians with a globalist agenda tend to be particularly well equipped to deal with these problems. This article explores how a number of writings emerging from the Vienna context have handled these problems and sought to combine transparency with accessibility. It also discusses some of the institutional and political contexts that have sustained the particular features of Vienna Global History, and some of the more problematic or ambiguous traits and critical evaluations of the Vienna enterprise.

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Comparative Democratic Theory

Alexander Weiss

concludes with brief remarks on the consequences of the proposal for democratic theory. Democratic Theory and Its Global Roots Amartya Sen's insight into “Democracy and its Global Roots” ( Sen 2003 ), and other scholars’ contribution to global history

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Cropscapes and History

Reflections on Rootedness and Mobility

Francesca Bray, Barbara Hahn, John Bosco Lourdusamy, and Tiago Saraiva

for writing global history of technology by playing with scales of space, time, and agency. We focus on movement, but we choose crops as our prism precisely because they are rooted living organisms and thus require us to take rootedness and sources as

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‘We Are Both Diplomats and Traders’

Afghan Transregional Traders Across the Former Soviet Union

Magnus Marsden

article, in the growing interactions between scholars of anthropology and global history. This field of scholarship has demonstrated the insights that both disciplines seek to gain from considerations of the importance of processes of exchange to the

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Globalizing the History of French Decolonization

Jessica Lynne Pearson

World War II. 3 Transnational or global histories of French decolonization, by contrast, remain surprisingly few and far between. 4 Collectively, the articles featured in this special issue provide some initial responses to the question: What new

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Around the World and Back Again

Lashon Daley

Field, Corinne T., and LaKisha Michelle Simmons (eds.). 2022. The Global History of Black Girlhood . Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press From Pretoria High School in South Africa to the Global History of Black Girlhood Conference at

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Pluralizing Mobilities Theory for Post-carbon Futures and Social Justice

Mimi Sheller


This article puts John Urry's thought on the mobilities turn into conversation with Caribbean critical theory, which was in fact the starting point for my collaborations with Urry on the new mobilities paradigm twenty or more years ago. It describes the relation between my work on the Caribbean and the emergence of the new mobilities paradigm at Lancaster University between about 1999 and 2006. Then it considers the influence of Urry's work on thinking more widely about climate mobilities and carbon form. Finally, it seeks to “pluralize” mobilities research by showing how decolonial and indigenous critiques of the ongoing relations between mobility/immobility, energy production/consumption, and the “coloniality of climate” are necessary to dismantle the powerful racialized mobility regimes that work in the interest of kinetic elites.

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Whither Conceptual History?

From National to Entangled Histories

Margrit Pernau

The last decade has witnessed a remarkable internationalization in conceptual history. Research covers more countries and languages than ever before, and there have been a number of very good comparative studies. This article reflects on the possibility of taking conceptual history beyond comparison. Like nations, languages can no longer be considered as naturally given entities, but have to be viewed as profoundly shaped by historical exchanges. This brings conceptual history into a dialogue with translation studies in a common attempt to unravel how equivalents between languages have been created by the actors.

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Book Reviews

Dominik Austrup, Marion Repetti, Andreas Avgousti, Th. W. Bottelier, and Antonin Lacelle-Webster

:// . David Stasavage, The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020) David Stasavage's argument that early democracy declined only