THIS book is a compilation of sixteen cutting edge explorations of key themes in history across the globe by leading scholars. This is essential to an understanding of the current state of historical scholarship and to envisaging the future of the discipline.
The books is edited by Ulinka Rublack, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European history at Cambridge University Press and a fellow of St John’s College.
‘True companionship involves creative disagreement, unremitting stimulation, and constant accessibility. Ulinka Rublack has created a true companion volume for readers of recent and current historical writing. In an astonishing feat of editorship, she brings together some of the best living historians and some insuperable essays on the state and drift of the subject.’
It contains essays by leading scholars in the field addressing the key themes in current historical scholarship. The book shows how we might use comparative and world history in thinking about the future of the discipline. Its significance is that it addresses both key perennial themes such as power, commerce, and causation, as well as new areas such as emotions, ethnicity, and the environment
Contributors include such eminent historians like Christopher Bayly, R. Bin Wong, Elizabeth Buettner, Peter Burke, Chris Clark, Anthony Grafton, Eiko Ikegami, Donald R. Kelley, Dorothy Ko, John R. Mcneill, Kenneth Pomeranz, Miri Rubin, Ulinka Rublack, Bonnie G. Smith, Pamela H. Smith, Pat Thane, and Megan Vaughan.