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Editor's Message

Marc Jason Gilbert


     In June 2007, World History Connected (vol. 4, no.3) featured a set of articles introduced by Merry Wiesner-Hanks and Linda Black examining the history of women and gender. This issue revisits these many-faceted subjects in the first of a series of planned forums and featured articles that offer a globalized case studies approach. Why such an approach is useful in terms of both scholarship and pedagogy is made clear in Forum guest editor Timothy May's introduction, which doubles as a guide to the classroom applications of each essay.

     The Forum is well supported by John Maunu's guide to web resources on women in world history which leads off the Featured Articles section of this issue. This guide is followed by an essay by Richard Byers on German Cinema in World History that explores various world history contexts for the discussion of a cinematic heritage that begins with film such as Metropolis (1927), bears witness to the Triumph of the Will (1935), closely observers the antics of Männer/Men (1986), and explores the nature of political radicalism in the Der Baader Meinhof Complex (2008). This essay is followed by a new and hopefully regular feature: an essay addressing scholarly books and articles that are "essential reading" or at least vitally useful resources in world history which some instructors may be too hard-pressed otherwise identify and engage. The section closes with two essays that have the classroom as their sole focus. Jason Webster and Grady Long offer an activity based on the American NCAA "March Madness" sports competition brackets, that will work even in those regions of the world that do not engage in such elaborate contests; from the test-drive I conducted, is very quickly embraced by students. James Diskant offers more than one classroom exercise that his own experience suggests students everywhere will find equally enticing.

     The Book Review section of World History Connected also exhibits a new feature, or rather an old feature long absent from the journal made new again: a list of books on hand available for review. In our last issue, WHC's Book Review editor, William Everdell, helped launch a new occasional segment, the Featured Book Review. This issue, Alan Rosenfeld, WHC's new section sub-editor, has been joined by Mary Jane Maxwell (whose past contributions to WHC are manifold) in an effort to expand our book review offerings without any loss of quality. They have managed to assign many worthy titles for future review, so many that the shortlist provided here merely represents what is left in our cupboard. We hope our readers will submit reviews or write us to suggest other titles for review that suit their particular interests. In the meantime, watch as this section, and list of books available for review, grows.

     Our next issue opens with a Forum, guest edited by William Ziegler, which will address the recent revision of the Advanced Placement World History course and the implications of that revision both for teachers and also for the field. It will also feature an essay by Craig Lockard on the place of Bob Marley in world history, and much more.

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