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Intervista a Sven Beckert sul volume “Empire of Cotton”

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Interview to Sven Beckert (Harvard University)

by Claudia Bernardi (Università Roma Tre)

1) In the last years, global history has become a vibrant field of study that involves many scholars at different stage of their career on a worldwide level. Several networks, study programs and research projects have been flourishing so far, in the aim of proposing a different historical practice and innovative perspective. But like other innovative approaches to history, it is in danger of becoming merely a buzzword among historians, more a fashionable label of the moment than a practice of writing a history of our world. Nonetheless, this field has not proposed a unique approach but it is nurtured by a wide variety of studies and ways of doing global history. Could we trace to some common elements, to a fil rouge, all this array of studies? How could we think and consider global history today in terms of narrative, writing and practice?

This is a very big question. Perhaps the best place to start is to say that there is not just one approach to history beyond the nation state, there are many different historiographical trends that somehow can be subsumed and have been subsumed under the label of global history.

Avete emarginato la storia: la denuncia di Fulvio Cammarano intervistato per “La Lettura”

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Intervista a Fulvio Cammarano su «La Lettura» del 19 giugno 2016.

Attenzione, è in corso un «attacco alla storia». L’allarme viene da Fulvio Cammarano eletto l’anno scorso presidente della Società Italiana per lo studio della Storia Contemporanea (SISSCO), che ha posto la questione durante un convegno a Forlì all’inizio di giugno. «Intendiamoci, non c’è nessun grande vecchio che complotti nell’ombra per sabotare la conoscenza del passato, ma sperimentiamo un clima culturale complessivo in cui la nostra disciplina viene ridotta all’irrilevanza».

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Giovanni Bernardini intervista Volker Berghahn

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Volker Berghahn insegna storia alla Columbia University

Giovanni Bernardini è ricercatore presso l’Istituto storico italo-germanico

  1. Basing on your peculiar “Transatlantic” experience – both in terms of your academic biography and of your research interests – what is the present state of the participation of historians in the civil, social and political debates in the United States and in Germany (or Europe, if you prefer)? Which are the difference between the two shores of the Atlantic, and in comparison with the past?

I would like to answer this question first with respect to the United States. While historians are actively involved in socio-economic and political debates across the Atlantic, it is important to emphasize that this is a large continent with hundreds of History departments. Some historians will therefore participate in debates on regional issues relating to such problems as abortion, gun control, the death penalty, or funding of schools and universities.

Riccardo Brizzi intervista Vincent Michelot

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Vincent Michelot è Direttore di Sciences Po Lyon, dove insegna Storia e cultura degli Stati Uniti

Riccardo Brizzi insegna Storia contemporanea all’Università di Bologna

  1. En base à votre expérience, quel est l’état de la participation des historiens dans les débats civils, sociaux et politiques en France et aux Etats-Unis? Quelles sont les principales différences entre les deux côtés de l’Atlantique, et en comparaison avec le passé?

– La France et les États-Unis ont une tradition très contrastée de la participation des universitaires aux grands débats politiques et sociétaux. Certes on a eu des deux côtés de l’Atlantique et à des moments très différents des “intellectuels engagés” mais, mises à part les années 1960 dans lesquelles on trouve dans les gauches française et américaine des combats identiques contre la guerre du Vietnam, l’impérialisme américain ou encore le développement du mouvement des nonalignés, les modalités mêmes de l’engagement sont souvent très différentes. Aux États-Unis, au gré des changements de majorité politique et donc d’administration, les universitaires s’engagent d’abord par une participation active à la gestion de l’État, comme experts qui façonnent les politiques publiques autant à l’intérieur, notamment sur la question des politiques sociales de construction de l’État Providence, qu’à l’extérieur, que ce soit au Département d’État ou Conseil de la Sécurité nationale.