World History Bulletin

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring

Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism: Transformation of Chinese Religion 300-1000 CE
By 300 C.E., China was no longer under unified rule. The fortunes of the most prominent indigenous religious tradition, Confucianism, had fallen with the Han dynasty (202 B.C.E.-220 C.E.), while those of its lesser-known native and foreign counterparts,...
Expanding Horizons, Collapsing Frontiers: The Macro and Micro in World History
The 16th Annual World History Association Conference, jointly sponsored by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Marquette University will be held in downtown Milwaukee at the UWM's Conference Center. Registration begins on Thursday afternoon,...
From Adam to the Apocalypse: Postclassical Christianity and the Patterns of World History
Commenting on the challenges that face scholars and teachers of World History, William A. Green has observed that "Periodization is rooted in historical theory. It reflects our priorities, our values, and our understanding of the forces of continuity...
From the Mission to the Classroom: The Global Perspective and the History of Teaching Religion
Teaching and researching world history are mutually reinforcing activities, and I enjoy doing both professionally. I regularly describe the seventeenth-century Jesuit missionaries I study to the students in my world-history classes. Less often, typically...
Kalam: Islamic Speculative Theology to Ca. 1000 CE
The expansion of Islam beginning in the 630s, the establishment of the Umayyad Caliphate at Damascus (A.D. 661-750) and the subsequent establishment of the Abbasid Caliphate in Persia ca. 750, meant that the Muslims had to deal with various religious...
Korean Buddhism, 400-1000 CE
For nearly a millennium, from its arrival around 400 CE until well into the Koryo era (918-1392), Buddhism played a dominant role in the political, social, and cultural life of the Korean peninsula. During this period it overshadowed Confucianism as...
Letter from the President
Spring 2007 Dear Colleagues, This year we celebrate the WHA's 25th anniversary. Thanks to the vision of the founding members and the work of countless others committed to the goals of our organization we have grown and flourished, initiating and...
Lies Teachers Teach about World Religious History
Introduction--Please permit me to begin this piece with an explanation of the title. I chose the word lies because I wished to evoke strong language. Yet a lie connotes conscious intent to deceive. (2) With perhaps a few exceptions, I do not believe...
Of Borders and Boundaries: World History, World Christianity, and the Pedagogy of Religion
Historiographically speaking, the particular is connected to the whole, the local to the global, and the contextual to the catholic.--Gerald J. Pillay, "The Challenge of Teaching Church History from a Global Perspective" (2002) The global and intercultural...
"Our Preaching Has Caught Up with Us": Exploring the Impact of Southern Baptist Missions in Africa on the Southern Baptist Heartland
During the wave of early-nineteenth century revivals in the United States, Southern Protestants, scattered about the rolling frontier of Southern society, became the epitome of isolated, individualistic Americans-- manifestations of Fredrick Jackson...
Power and Performance in Bombay's Victoria Terminus
Introduction On New Year's Day 1882, the first public trains pulled out of the Victoria Railway Terminus in Bombay. Riding on those inaugural lines were more than passengers, cargo, and the best wishes of a municipal Bombay government that had just...
Selling Sanctity: The Pilgrimage Trade Is Good Business
Although motivated by otherworldly goals, pilgrimage brought immediate earthly rewards to popular destinations. Taxes on pilgrims, donations to shrines, and purchases made at the markets that sprang up around holy sites, allowed pilgrimage towns to...
The Catholic Church and Human Rights: Enemies or Allies?
Seemingly Catholicism and human rights should be a very close fit. "Catholic," after all, means universal and the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) incorporates the word "Universal" in its title. Unfortunately this has...
The Concept of "World Religions" as Currently Used in Religious Studies Textbooks
The neglect of religion as a major factor in world history (both in teaching and research) is coming to be recognized, but the question of how to incorporate it raises a lot of issues. For those of us faced with decisions on how to structure a course...
The Rebirth of Hope in a Time of Upheaval: An Analysis of Early-Modern Millennial Movements across the Abrahamic Tradition
Introduction--Despite their extraordinary nature, millennial movements have occurred in diverse religious traditions throughout many historical periods. In the early-modern period, millennial movements emerged within the Abrahamic framework: the Islamic...
Thinking Religion Globally, Acting Missionary Locally: Last Century's American Missionary Experience in the near East
Rev. George F. Herrick, an intellectual, eloquent preacher, and old hand missionary with tremendous contributions to American missionary efforts, had proved his potentials among his confreres in the Near East even some years before he gave in the 1870s...
Two Chinese Scholars Named as First WHA World Scholar Travel Fund Recipients
During the 2006 WHA Conference at California State University at Long Beach, the Fund Raising and Conferences Committees announced the inauguration of the WHA Conference Travel Fund to underwrite travel to future WHA conferences by historians and teachers...
WHA Conferences, 2006, 2007, 2008
The annual June conferences held by the WHA have traditionally been and remain the organization's major venue for bringing together members and non-members alike to share and learn about the most recent developments in world history scholarship and...
World History for Us All-Completion of Phase II of the Project
http://world historyforusall.sdsu.edu At a time when student proficiency in reading and math dominates public debate over education, how important is world history in the middle and high school classroom? A national team of teachers, historians,...
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