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Internet Global History Sourcebook

The Global History Sourcebook is dedicated to exploration of interaction between world cultures. It does not, then, look "world history" as the history of the various separate cultures (for that see the linked pages, which do take that approach), but at ways in which the "world" has a history in its own right.

Specifically this means looking at:

  • The ways in which cultures contact each other
  • The ways they influence each other
  • The ways new cultural forms emerge.

Trade

Societies interact through trade.

War

Movement of soldiers; occupation; admiration of conqueror's culture,

Religion

Religion is of special importance.

Migration

Migration can be due to nomadism, forced dispersal, attraction to a new land, or due to enslavement. It can take the form of group movements, or be done by individuals and families.

Empire

Art and Music

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This page is a subset of texts derived from the  online Sourcebooks listed below. For more specific  information about each world cultural area check out these web sites.

Notes:

In addition to direct links to documents, links are made to a number of other web resources.

2ND
Link to a secondary article, review or discussion on a given topic.
MEGA
Link to one of the megasites which track web resources.
WEB
Link to a website focused on a specific issue.. These are not links to every site on a given topic, but to sites of serious educational value.

Contents


General

General

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World Systems Theories

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Ancient Cultures: The World Until c.100 CE

Travel in ancient societies was extremely difficult, and a result, interaction between cultures occured slowly.

General

Trade

Religion

Migration

  • The Aryans: into India
    • 2ND Richard Hooker: The Arayans [At WSU]
      Much more reliable account that the nationalist arguments below.
    • 2ND David Frawley: Myth of Aryan Invasion of India [At India Forum], a complete book, and  Myth of Aryan Invasion of India [At Hindunet] an article-length discussion.
      Frawley attacks 19th-century scholars such as Max Muller for bias, but seems unaware of his own problematic position. His argumentative strategies reek of special pleading.
    • 2ND Siddhartha Jaiswal: Arayan Invasion Theory: Revising History to Change the Future [At Internet Archive, from Stanford]
      Paper explaining why the theory is wrong. More revealing is full title and the text which explains that the author objected to the theory because it "undermined my belief in my culture". Apparently not even a Stanford education can prevent this sort of solipsistic "history". Basically he draws all his arguments from Frawley.
  • The Greek Migrations
  • The Jews: Between Mesopotamia and Egypt

Empire

Art and Music


Medieval World Systems: Trade and Faith 100-1500 CE

Missionary religion brought an important new aspect to global interaction after circa. 100 CE. That is roughly the point when both Christianity and Buddhism began to spread rapidly, both creating their own worlds - Christendom, and although the word is a neologism, Buddhadom.  A late entrant. circa 640 CE. was the religion of Islam which created a Muslim world [called "Islamdom" by Marshall Hodges], which stretched from Spain to India, and eventuall the Philipines. These three were the most successful missonary religions, but were by no means the only ones: Manichaenism, a modified form of Persian dualism also persued a missionary strategy.

General

  • International Peoples
    • Greeks
    • Jews
    • Gypsies
    • Armenians

Trade

Religion

Migration

Empire

Art and Music


The Creation of a United World System, 1500-1800 CE

General

Trade

War

Religion

Migration

Empire

Art and Music


The Western Hegemony, 1800-1918

General

Trade

Religion

Migration

Empire

Art and Music


The Twentieth Century?

General

Trade

Religion

Migration

Urban Migrations

  • Lisbon: Fado
  • Athens: Remetika
  • Buenas Aires: Tango
  • Rio: Samba
  • Dakar
  • Kinshasha

Empire

  • Interaction among Subaltern Groups
    • Cuba in the Congo

Art and Music


Globalization?

General

General

Trade

Religion

Migration

Empire

Art and Music


Further Resources on Global History

  • E-Texts
    • WEB
  • Web Guides
    • MEGA
  • Academic History/Culture Sites
    • WEB
  • Nationalist History/Culture Sites
    • WEB

Other Resources


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