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Editor's Message: "Traveling from the Forum to the Classroom"

Marc Jason Gilbert


     This is the second of two issues with Forums devoted to the study of Travelers and Travelers' Accounts in World History. As editor, I had the luxury of employing the articles in both issues as readings in my Spring capstone course on this on this topic, alongside the excellent introduction to the subject (with sample resources) provided by George Mason University's free "World History Source," project online at, books such as Mary Louise Pratt's Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (Routledge, 2003) and articles such as Mineke Bosch's "Colonial Dimensions of Dutch Women's Suffrage: Aletta Jacobs's Travel Letters from Africa and Asia, 1911–1912," (Journal of Women's History, Volume 11, Number 2, Summer 1999, 8–34). The results were satisfying in that the articles in these Forums and associated materials could be grouped, compared and analyzed for purposes of discussion that ranged from evidence of the validity of world system approaches to the use of such sources in the world history classroom.

     Readers of this issue will find equally useful the accompanying articles and reviews, ranging in subject from the place of Haiti in world history to a survey of texts addressing food in world history.

     Future Forums are planned which address the role of Jesuits in world history, the use of architecture to teach world history and teaching the place of South Asia in world history.

     Each of these Forum topics was broached by readers of World History Connected, which may serve to remind all readers of how essential they are to the journal's mission of bridging the gap between scholarship and teaching of world history.

Marc Jason Gilbert
Hawaii Pacific University

Marc Jason Gilbert is Professor of History and National Endowment for the Humanities Endowed Chair in World History at Hawai'i Pacific University. He can be reached at


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