Another World History Is Possible

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This chapter examines the wider interdisciplinary debate that followed the "death of another world" in 1989-91, which led to an era of globalization that challenged entrenched intellectual, political, and even geographical understandings of the world. It discusses why historians were latecomers to this booming arena while clarifying the conceptual difficulties facing those who would write a truly international or global history self-consciously situated outside strictly national narratives. In addressing linkages and connections across boundaries, it argues that the best avenue to create "another world history" is through a transnational approach that must, however, be combined with the concept of the translocal. In doing so, we enhance our ability to link effectively subnational specificities with supranational processes, extranational connections, and international institutions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • French, JD

Published Date

  • May 1, 2011

Book Title

  • Workers Across the Americas: The Transnational Turn in Labor History

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780199731633

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731633.003.0001

Citation Source

  • Scopus