In the final issue of its 25th anniversary volume, the quarterly Journal of World History honors its founding editor, Jerry H. Bentley (1949-2012). Current editor Fabio López-Lázaro writes about Bentley,
Over the years, and with increasing focus, Bentley’s writing encouraged many to take up this “difficult work of actually investigating historical reality in the larger world.” But there was an implicit model as well (less often perceived) in the arc of his career, from his early methodological realizations to his final culminating recommendations for the future. We can learn from the way Bentley’s trajectory went from young historian of Renaissance humanism in the 1970s to early advocate of world history in the 1980s and then finally to mature proponent of world-historical research in the early 2000s, especially because this evolution parallels key developments in the recent history of the modern historical profession.
The issue specifically honors “Jerry’s dedication to the stewardship of the journal and his students’ careers.” The issue features the following articles by world history scholars, all students of Jerry H. Bentley.
- “Together They Might Make Trouble”: Cross-Cultural Interactions in Tang Dynasty Guangzhou, 618–907 c.e. by Adam C. Fong
- Beyond the World-System: A Buddhist Ecumene by Geok Yian Goh
- “With a Pretty Little Garden at the Back”: Domesticity and the Construction of “Civilized” Colonial Spaces in Nineteenth-Century Aotearoa/New Zealand by Erin Cozens
- Writing a World History of the Anglo-Gorkha Borderlands in the Early Nineteenth Century by Bernardo A. Michael
- Travel and Survival in the Colonial Malay World: Mobility, Region, and the World in Johor Elite Strategies, 1818–1914 by Keng We Koh
- Advertising Community: Union Times and Singapore’s Vernacular Public Sphere, 1906–1939 by David Kenley
- “One’s Molokai Can Be Anywhere”: Global Influence in the Twentieth-Century History of Hansen’s Disease by Kerri A. Inglis
- Review Essay: Jerry Bentley, World History, and the Decline of the “West” by John Pincince
- Book Reviews
Devoted to historical analysis from a global point of view, the Journal of World History features a range of comparative and cross-cultural scholarship and encourages research on forces that work their influences across cultures and civilizations.
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