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Editor's Message

Marc Jason Gilbert


     The February issue of World History Connected offers a forum on architecture in world history designed to extend its recent treatment of art in world history (Vol. 9 no. 2, June 2012). Articles gathered and introduced by Thomas Mounkhall explore the many ways architecture connects civilizations due to the spread of architectural styles, serves to give shape to and/or literally house ideological convictions from communism to imperialism, and forms a significant part of the vocabulary of travel literature. They also include an examination of how the meaning of the architectural style known as "classical" in the West came to embody colonial thought. The value to the teaching of world history flowing from these scholarly articles is made explicit in a concluding essay that fully bears out the significance of the connection between scholarship and teaching for practitioners of world history.

     Much the same can be said for three additional articles in this issue which address why the Indian Ocean should remain the subject of both teaching and research; employs a Document-Based Question approach to the role of women in Egypt from 1900 to the present day to teach the complicated interactions of colonialism, anti-colonial nationalism, feminism, and conceptions of modernization; and reminds us that the shaping of war-time memories—in this case, war memorials—falls within the realm of commercial as well as political struggle over the meaning of the past.

     The subject of memorializing the past is itself a prime area of future interest to the editors of World History Connected. This is a timely interest given the efforts to memorialize the passing of one hundred years since the First World War, and many other major historical events, in the coming years.

     Those seeking to publish in World History Connected should also keep in mind forthcoming topics on research and teaching which include imperialism, Vietnam, the role of the military in world history, religious conversion in world history, and graphic world histories and the First World War.

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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