Historian and author Patrick Manning began his career studying African history. Over nearly six decades, his focus expanded to link African studies more closely to world history, examining the African Diaspora, human migration patterns, and community life. Today, Manning's work centers on developing a coherent theory for understanding world history: humanity as a system. Read More »
From the Blog, Contending Voices
- Ethnic Groups Make HistorySeptember 12, 2023In his new book, historian James Quirin examines the oral traditions, cultural practices, and written records of the Beta Israel, a community of farmers and artisans who lived near the Ethiopian kingdom. Quirin uncovers a lively historical record, showing how small ethnic groups can create significant historical change.Read More »
How have social institutions evolved since the earliest days of language? Should the study of world history be expanded to include the days before cities and literacy existed? In what ways has migration been a major process for learning?
What has been the transhistorical significance of households and communities? How has the rise of capitalism influenced economic, political, and social affairs? In the study of world history, does the term “civilization” create confusion or clarity?