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Global Intellectual History

Edited by Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori

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June, 2013
Cloth, 352 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-16048-3
$35.00 / £24.00

Where do ideas fit into historical accounts that take an expansive, global view of human movements and events? Teaching scholars of intellectual history to incorporate transnational perspectives into their work, while also recommending how to confront the challenges and controversies that may arise, this original resource explains the concepts, concerns, practice, and promise of “global intellectual history,” featuring essays by leading scholars on various approaches that are taking shape across the discipline.

The contributors to Global Intellectual History explore the different ways in which one can think about the production, dissemination, and circulation of “global” ideas and ask whether global intellectual history can indeed produce legitimate narratives. They discuss how intellectuals and ideas fit within current conceptions of global frames and processes of globalization and proto-globalization, and they distinguish between ideas of the global and those of the transnational, identifying what each contributes to intellectual history. A crucial guide, this collection sets conceptual coordinates for readers eager to map an emerging area of study.


About the Author

Samuel Moyn is a professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. He is the editor of Pierre Rosanvallon’s Democracy Past and Future and the author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History.

Andrew Sartori is associate professor of history at New York University. He is the author of Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital and the coeditor of From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition.

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