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IJSSH 2023 Vol.13(1): 30-33
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2023.V13.1115

The Significance of Turning to Global History for National Historiography

Yifei Liu

Abstract—Nation is a key framework for historical research
since the discipline has appeared. However, the circumstance
began to change in the 18th century when globalisation began.
With the era of globalisation, historians have rethinking about
should the nation-state still be the centre of historical research.
With the rise of global historiography and its core component,
transnational history, national historiography faces severe
challenges. Many global historians are asking for the
abolishment of national historiography. Moreover, many
transnational historians are advocating for replacing nations
with larger units for the historical framework. For example,
Fernand Braudel wrote his famous book Mediterranean, which
depict the history of all the nations surrounding the
Mediterranean. After the publishment of the Mediterranean,
historians such as Alison Games are advocating for using the
ocean instead of the nation as a new historical framework.
Nevertheless, many opponents are defending the status of
national historiography. They remind historians that the
writing of history is served as support for the rule of the nation.
So national historiography will continue to dominate historical
research as long as the state continues to exist as a political unit.
There are also plenty of historians who firmly believed that
national historiography would coexist with global
historiography in the future.

Index Terms—Historiography, nation, global history,
transnational history, ocean.

Yifei Liu was with the School of History Classics and Archaeology,
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

*Correspondence: s1810717@ed.ac.uk


Cite: Yifei Liu, "The Significance of Turning to Global History for National
Historiography," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 30-33, 2023.

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