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Historical Literature:
World History

(graduate reading course on world history)

page compiled by Harold Marcuse
(professor of German history at UC Santa Barbara)
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created month December 20, 2010, updated 8/16/2015

Introduction & Announcements
Course Description and Syllabus
Teaching Resources
Academic Field Resources

Introduction and Announcements (back to top)

  • Aug. 16, 2015: H-World just posted a thread on "Advice for Beginning World History Teachers." Some recommendations led me to these websites:
  • Sept. 20, 2013: two recent popularizations of World History around the Columbian Exchange, by journalist Charles Mann:
  • Feb. 25, 2013: Review of Ian Morris, Why the West Rules—for Now (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010) in the Chronicle of Higher Education. A controversial book that takes a similarly "zoomed-out" view to Jared Diamond's various books.
  • In January 2010 I will begin teaching the UCSB History department's course for graduate students either preparing a Ph.D. examination field in World History, or planning to offer such a course sometime during their careers. This page links to documents and information for that course.

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roupp book cover  
Ross Dunn (ed.),
The New World History
(Bedford, 2000)
Heidi Roupp (ed.),
Teaching World History in the 21st Century
(M.E. Sharpe, 2010)

Course Description & Syllabus (back to top)

  • The offical catalog description:
    A reading course in a general area of history, specifically designed to prepare M.A. candidates for their comprehensive examination fields, but also appropriate for Ph.D. students seeking broad preparation. Introduces the student to the sources, historiography, and general literature of the field in question.
  • My description:
    This seminar is intended for students preparing a third dissertation exam field in World History, and for students wishing to develop expertise in teaching World History for jobs and job applications. Thus there is a dual focus: On the theory and historiography of the field, and on practical issues of teaching World History survey courses. Students will write two book and two textbook reviews, prepare a lecture with an accompanying resource guide, and develop their own syllabus. I plan to ask colleagues from the department to join us at times to talk about their teaching strategies and experiences. There are two main readings:


Teaching Resources (back to top)

Academic Field of World History (back to top)

Links (back to top)

  • Lee Pappas' Readings in World History, 1500-1914 website at Sam Houston State University. 27 chapters, mostly western, linking to full text selections of secondary and primary sources.

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