I’m often surprised by the good stuff in my own files, forgotten entirely sometimes and stumbled on by accident. Like this set of questions developed in advance of the only on-site editorial meeting we’ve held, for the first edition of the Encyclopedia of World History. Now that we’re in the thick of the second edition, adding some fabulous environmental coverage, lots on world art thanks to Ralph Croizier, and more on communications and media, I find this set of questions relevant once again, and perhaps of interest to those who also ponder what it means to “think globally.”
1. What is world history and what makes it different from other histories?
2. Is world history informed just by history or does it also need to integrate knowledge from anthropology and geography?
3. When did world history begin?
4. What periodization scheme helps us to best organize the chronology of world history?
5. What are the controversial concepts employed in world history and how are they most objectively presented?
6. How should women and minorities be covered?
7. How does one move between the general and specific?
8. How does one get non-world historians to write within a world history framework?