Global History, International History, World History: The debate in the United States, China and Germany
Dominic Sachsenmaier, University of California/Santa Barbara
This article’s main objective is to describe the main characteristics of the present interest for global history and the reasons of the new prevalence of this term. First, we will briefly outline earlier accounts in world history and in international history. Then, we will examine certain difficulties and constraints proper to the work of historians, problems that doubtlessly render their task of doing research on a global level more difficult than it is for researchers in numerous other academic disciplines. These considerations result in a sketch of a certain number of regional differences which influence the debates on global history, by basing itself mainly on the example of Germany, the United States and greater China, which includes the Popular Republic of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.