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davidhilton on 2010-01-14Has articles and some source material links related to World History. The site (run out of University of Illinois, by the looks) has a strong focus on 'big history.' I hadn't encountered this term before; it seems to mean looking at history not through civilisations but rather periods or regions. If that description is wrong and someone could provide more accuracy on 'big history' that would be cool.
World History Connected:
The EJournal of Learning and Teaching
World history poses extraordinary demands upon those who teach it, challenging the talent of experienced instructors as well as to those new to the field.
World History Connected is designed for everyone who wants to deepen the engagement and understanding of world history: students, college instructors, high school teachers, leaders of teacher education programs, social studies coordinators, research historians, and librarians.
For all these readers, WHC presents innovative classroom-ready scholarship, keeps readers up to date on the latest research and debates, presents the best in learning and teaching methods and practices, offers readers rich teaching resources, and reports on exemplary teaching.
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Check out past issues by using the index key.
The home page is always the current issue.
The journal focuses on the New World History (looking at the world at a global scale across time) as opposed to the one civilization at a time approach. See the World History AP course description for an example of what this means:
David, as an Australian you are at Ground Zero of Big History since its leader is an Australian = David Christian.
Christian's _Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History_ is the one book to read on the subject.
This article well covers it: http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/whc/3.1/christian.html
Google David Christian, Big History for more
Again, the journal is not specifically focused on Big History but on the New World History, but it did have one issue on Big History as its forum: http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/6.3/
More links than you probably want here about Big History:
This month's forum is on Latin America.
Other forums range the gamut of world history.
davidhilton on 2010-11-18Thanks very much Jeremy. I'll check it out!