100 World Histories in 100 Words



Global History Goes Global – this is the title of a book recently published. What is meant seems evident, but it is not that easy to realize. Challenges arise to make world or global history an inclusive discussion of many and to welcome the plurality of perspectives that are encompassing such an endeavour, which are as diverse as this world is in fact. Our project is more modest in scope than some of the universal histories in the field that can be found in libraries. We intend to collect 100 statements on what world and global history can mean and means in the daily practice of research and teaching. We invite colleagues from around the world to express their ideas in 100 words. One hundred histories in one hundred words – we call on everyone who is interested in contributing to this project to record a statement and send the video to us!

In addition to individual statements, we would also like to give research and teaching institutions the opportunity to present their research agenda and ongoing projects, study and fellowship programmes, research services and electronic resources, and other major activities.

Including as many voices as possible, we will produce a video that demonstrates how multifaceted and rich notions of world and global history really are. The video will be launched at the research forum of NOGWHISTO at the XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences, held in August 2020 in Poznań (Poland). Afterwards, it will be made available on our website, where further statements will be added over time. Thus, we hope to make the video and its commentaries a living resource of how people from around the globe understand world and global history.

Below you will find a list of contributors that we will keep updated over the course of the project. The diversity of the field will hopefully expand little by little. While research gaps are likely, please take any imbalances as an invitation to participate and to engage colleagues in the project.


We are looking forward to your participation!


Jie-Hyun Lim, Matthias Middell, Katja Naumann, Intaek Hong, Heeyun Cheong & Eva Ommert


Please find here the first recordings for the project by

as of 2 December 2019
R. Bin WongUniversity of California, Los Angeles (United States)
Christof DejungUniversity of Bern (Switzerland)
Michel EspagneCentre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris (France)
Jie-Hyun LimSogang University, Seoul (South Korea)
Matthias MiddellLeipzig University (Germany)
Katja Naumann

Leipzig University (Germany)

As for the individual contributions, please record a video with a statement two minutes or approximately 100 words. We invite concise and engaging statements (beginning, for example, with “For me, global history means…”). The time/word limit is set in order to assure fairness among the participants and to give equal opportunity to express one’s own view.

You may use a video camera or even just your smartphone with a decent video recording quality (min. Full HD or ~2 million pixels). You are, of course, also free to choose the language in which you record the video. We strongly encourage recordings in your native language. We would like to ask you, however, to hand in an extra text document including the original text as well as the English translation if the language is other than English.

For institutional contributions, the video presentation should not exceed 5 minutes. It may combine interviews with other formats of presentation. Please also hand in the English translation if the language of the video is not English.