Migration, a fundamental theme of world history, is the
focus of the October 2014 issue of World History Connected. Its Forum section is guest-edited
by Patrick Manning,
Director of the World
History Center at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, Manning developed a Migration
in Modern World History, 1500–2000 CD-ROM, providing the field with
a much-needed tool for scholarship and teaching about this central issue in all
historical studies. Manning's work helped pave the way for the further
advancement of world history within the discipline of history, a rise perhaps
acknowledged by his recent elevation to the office of Vice-President and
President-Elect of the American Historical Association. The Forum
articles Manning introduces leave little doubt of the value of world historical
analysis for scholars and teachers alike. This is also true of the supporting digital
resource-article prepared by John Maunu, which will be of great use to
researchers, teachers and students at all levels of instruction.
This issue also features two essays that address subjects vital to the field: the
importance of "story or human–focused narratives, and the use of concept
formation lessons to teach both broad "connections" and also local case studies
in world history.
Readers are invited to submit research-based articles on
scholarly or pedagogical subjects and are especially urged to consider
contributing to Forums, which in the near future will be devoted to the military,
the global wars of the twentieth century, religious conversion, port cites,
empires, and food in world history. Book reviews are welcome as are
reviews of the literature on world history topics.
Marc Jason Gilbert, Editor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.