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The interconnectedness of today’s world is not a new phenomenon, but one that is tied to a long history of exchange and interaction. The history of migration and trade, of empires and nation-states, of religion and the environment, and of ideas, of communication and war have all contributed to linking different parts of the world, albeit unevenly.

The Master of Arts in Global History is dedicated to exploring the various trajectories of cross-border entanglements around the globe. Unlike programs that treat global history as an extension of imperial or economic history, our approach emphasizes the entanglements between specific regions and global structures. By focusing on comparisons, connections, and processes of global integration, the program helps students to understand the forces that have continuously shaped and restructured the world.

Global history is one of the most innovative and productive fields of scholarly inquiry today, and challenges us to think about history and its methodologies in new ways. It acknowledges a broad variety of different perspectives and aims to arrive at a non-Eurocentric reading of the global past.

The MA program is based on a unique cooperation between the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute's research area of global history and colleagues working in historical area studies at the John-F-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Institute for Latin American Studies the Institute of East Asian Studies, and colleagues in Asian and African Studies and the history department at the Humboldt University Berlin.

Global histories