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Round Table on “Fire, Water, Earth, and Sky: Global Systems History and the Human Prospect”: An Introduction

Citation

Coclanis, Peter A. (2010). Round Table on “Fire, Water, Earth, and Sky: Global Systems History and the Human Prospect”: An Introduction. The Journal of the Historical Society, 10(3), 283-285.

Abstract

Given the fact that I have always been partial to big, unified approaches to the past—approaches springing from traditions ranging from Annaliste to Marxist, and from world systems to cultural materialist to neo‐classical—I was immediately drawn to Alan Wood's essay in reviewing it as a part of the Journal's double‐blind vetting process. Indeed, although I anticipated that the essay would meet with some opposition and prove controversial, I recommended not only that it be published, but also that a round table be organized around it. The Journal's editors liked the idea, and, once Wood's piece was revised and accepted for publication, they promptly asked me to put my money where my mouth was and to organize such a round table. Without an honorable alternative, I agreed to do so, and, in retrospect, I am very glad I did. For from my perspective, “Fire, Water, Earth, and Sky: Global Systems History and the Human Prospect” is one of the more challenging and potentially catalytic essays I have read in a historical journal in a long time.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5923.2010.00303.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2010

Journal Title

The Journal of the Historical Society

Author(s)

Coclanis, Peter A.