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Editor's Message

Marc Jason Gilbert

     The October 2015 issue of World History Connected is largely devoted to an overview of food and foodways in world history. Its "Forum" articles and reviews probe current trends in the research and teaching of some of the major processes by which food shapes world history. In general, food and world history topics include religious practice, national identity, social organization, war, diet and nutrition, the development of agriculture, the place of food and foodways in defining both elite and non-elite life-styles, food choices and consumption patterns reflecting encounters between cultures, the way food defines colonial relationships and immigrant identities, and the impact of increasing industrialization of food production and globalization on dietary choices and patterns of food consumption. If any of these processes are not directly examined in this issue by the Forumís authors and reviewers, please know that WHC has not seen the last of this topic and welcomes the submission of contributions to the growing field.

     This issue also features articles which explore team-teaching, global citizenship, and using a biographic study to illuminate the history of Mexico, while also preparing students to meet Common Core and other academic standards via the teaching of world history.

     Forthcoming issues will address Port Cities, the Mongols, and the Second World War. Possible future topics include Textiles, the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans as a single ecumene, the American Revolution in World History (2016!), the American West in World History, Women Writing on World History and 1919 in World History (Korea, Paris, etc.)

     Should anyone wish to guest edit, submit articles papers, or submit book reviews on those topics or others of their interest, please contact me at

Marc Jason Gilbert, Editor
Hawai'i 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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