Jeffrey James Byrne

Reflecting on the Global Turn in International History or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Historian of Nowhere

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The purpose of this essay is to explore some of the ramifications of the global turn specifically for the field of international history, which is a distinct approach even if it shares many concerns, and critics, with global history. By highlighting several important examples of international history inflected by global history, the essay aims to show that while the latter has not simply supplanted the former - important work in international history that is not especially globalist continues to appear every day - it does bring many benefits and open up new lines of inquiry. In particular, two very active subjects of investigation within international history are analyzed here: the Cold War and anti-colonial/post-colonial international history.


  • World History
  • Global History
  • International History
  • Cold War History
  • Post-colonial History


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