ERIC Number: ED368650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
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Cross-Cultural Trade as a Framework for Teaching World History: Concepts and Applications.
A useful way of organizing global history survey courses for undergraduate students is to emphasize the theme of long-distance trade across cultural or civilizational frontiers. Three analytic models accentuate the importance of long-distance trade: (1) the typology of exchange by Karl Polanyi; (2) the concept of the trade diaspora as defined by Philip Curtin; and (3) the world system approach employed by Andre Gunder Frank, Immanuel Wallerstein, and other scholars. The purpose of utilizing these models is to help students move from world history as facts and factoids to world history as patterns and processes. The results of emphasizing cross-cultural trade to organize world history survey courses remains in doubt as student papers and examinations showed mixed results. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Trade Routes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American History Association (108th, San Francisco, CA, January 6-9, 1994).