As I got ready for this trip, I wondered if it really made sent to be heading to Leipzig to figure out European world history possibilities when we are in such early stages of developing our audience in the US. Today gave me the answer: yes. First, because I was able to meet one of our favorite editors, Marnie Hughes-Warrington from Sydney, as well as a number of friends and colleagues I met at the World History Association conference in Seoul, when we were just beginning our work in this area. And of course there are now some new friends and colleagues.
I am especially intrigued to hear people talking about international and global studies, and how these growing disciplines (in which students at the undergraduate level can major; there are also MA and PhD programs) relate to the study of history. World historians believe that their work can be useful as well as beautiful, and they are often very much engaged with current affairs. But the relevance of world historz isn’t always clear to students. Perhaps there is an argument for talking about global history, because it seems more current, connected with globalization and other trends that students are aware of and eager to incorporate in their studies.