Global History, (Post-)colonial History, Intellectual History
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Sebastian Conrad is Professor of History at the Freie Universität Berlin. He joined the faculty in 2010 after teaching for several years at the European University Institute in Florence. He was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, a visiting professor at the Ècole des Hautes Études in Paris, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara; in the spring 2017, he held the Theodor Heuss Chair at the New School, New York.
Sebastian Conrad is currently one of the directors of the Forum of Transregional Studies in Berlin. He is on the editorial board of Geschichte und Gesellschaft and was on the editorial board of Past & Present (2012-2018). Together with Andreas Eckert and Margrit Pernau, he is the editor of the book series Globalgeschichte (Campus publishers). He is on the advisory board of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. He is an elected member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and of the Academia Europaea.
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Sebastian Conrad is currently interested primarily in trans-national and global history approaches and their contribution to an understanding of the interactions and entanglements of the past. He has a background in both modern Western European and Japanese history, and he has worked extensively on issues of colonialism and post-colonialism, trans-nationalism, intellectual history, memory, and historiography. His most recent publications include “Enlightenment in Global History: A Historiographical Critique,” American Historical Review 117 (2012), 999-1027; German Colonialism: A Short History (Cambridge University Press, 2012); Globalisation and the Nation in Imperial Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2010); The Quest for the Lost Nation: Writing History in Germany and Japan in the American Century (University of California Press, 2010); and Globalgeschichte: Eine Einführung (C.H. Beck, 2013). In 2016, he edited (together with Jürgen Osterhammel) volume 4 of the book series Geschichte der Welt/A History of the world, with the title Wege zur modernen Welt, 1750-1870 (English version forthcoming from Harvard University Press). His critical engagement with key issues in the field of global history was published as What is Global History? in 2016 by Princeton University Press. In 2018, he edited (together with Jürgen Osterhammel) volume 4 of the book series A History of the World, with the title An Emerging Modern World, 1750-1870 (Harvard University Press).
Princeton University Press, 2016
Chinese (complex) edition from Gusa publisher, Taipei, Taiwan, 2016. Spanish edition: Historia Global: Una nueva visión para el mundo actual, Barcelona (Critica) 2017. Russian edition from NLO (New Literary Observer Publishing House) 2018; Chinese edition from China CITIC Press 2018. Translations into Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Estonian under contract.
C.H. Beck, 2013
Swedish edition: "Globalhistoria: En Introduktion," translated by Johanna Holmberg, Lund (Studentlitteratur) 2015.
Italian edition: "Storia globale. Un'introduzione," translated by Nicola Camilleri, Rome (Carocci editore) 2015.
Chinese edition: Quanqiushi daolun, translated by Chen Hao, Beijing (Shangwu yinshuguan), 2018.
Cambridge University Press, 2012
German edition: "Deutsche Kolonialgeschichte", C.H. Beck, 2008
Cambridge University Press, 2010
German edition: "Globalisierung und Nation im Deutschen Kaiserreich", C.H. Beck, 2006
University of California Press, 2010
German edition: "Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Nation. Geschichtsschreibung in Westdeutschland und Japan, 1945-1960", Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1999
"Nothing is the Way it Should Be": Global Transformations of the Time Regime in the Nineteenth Century, in Modern Intellectual History vol. 15, no. 3 (2018), 821-848.
"The Dialectics of Rememberance: Memories of Empire in Cold War Japan", in Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 56, no. 1 (2014), 4–33.
"Enlightenment in Global History: A Historiographical Critique", in American Historical Review, vol. 117 (2012), 999–1027.
""The Colonial Ties are Liquidated": Modernization Theory, Post-War Japan and the Global Cold War", in Past & Present, vol. 216 (2012), 181–214.
Sebastian Conrad and Jürgen Osterhammel, A History of the World. An Emerging Modern World 1750-1870, Harvard University Press, 2018.
German edition: Geschichte der Welt. Wege zur modernen Welt 1750-1870, C.H. Beck, 2016.