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Editor's Message

Marc Jason Gilbert


     The editorial staff of World History Connected hopes that each issue engages its readers in the study of new approaches and content. This issue features a Forum that puts some flesh on, as well as offers revisionist analyses of, “the long nineteenth century” and “autonomous history;” expands our knowledge of the international dimensions of the American Civil War; offers world historical perspectives from Holland and New Zealand; and analyzes genocide in all its forms. Some of these themes re-emerge in the accompanying articles section, where readers will find essays that address world history pedagogy, with some employing graphs that make new what to some will be familiar concepts, while other essays offer resources for research and teaching.

     Our next issue, for February 2013, will feature what is already shaping up to be a major stand-lone resource for research and teaching about world travelers. Nonetheless, if any readers have favorite books by world travelers, or analyses of such travelers’ works, please consider submitting them for consideration as essays or as book reviews.

     Future Forums are projected to address the U. S. and world history, the American West in world history, colonialism, and frontiers and borders, among others. Please keep us in mind for essays and reviews on those topics as well.

     Please note that the Call for Readers for the Advanced Placement Examination in World History to be held this coming June in Salt Lake City has already appeared. Last year’s Reading was held there for the first time and proved to be delightful in terms of weather, accommodation and the physical layout of the reading itself. Salt Lake City is also an excellent jumping of point for visits to the great American Southwest or the Rocky Mountains. There were great informal mealtime gatherings of people interested in World History Connected and the World History Association at this past Reading, which will become annual events. I hope to see you there!

Marc Jason Gilbert, Editor

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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