WIGH strives to create a global conversation about global history.
The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) responds to the growing interest at Harvard in the encompassing study of global history. The Initiative is committed to the systematic scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional, and continental boundaries as well as to analysis of the interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological and demographic—among world societies. We do not claim that the traditional cadres of historical change and study—some intensely local, some national—are of diminished relevance. But an era of global change has impelled scholars to understand them simultaneously in the broadest spatial scale. Technological diffusion, religious zeal and material aspirations, the ambitions of empire or emancipation, the ramifications of war and the hopes of overcoming it, growing commitments to human rights have connected communities the world over.
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