This volume considers the confluence of World History and historical materialism, with the following guiding question in mind: given developments in the field of historical materialism concerned with the intersection of race, gender, labour, and class, why is it that within the field of World History, historical materialism has been marginalized, precisely as World History orients toward transnational socio-cultural phenomenon, micro-studies, or global histories of networks? Answering this question requires thinking, in an inter-related manner, about both the development of World History as a discipline, and the place of economic determinism in historical materialism. This book takes the position that historical materialism (as applied to the field of World History) needs to be more open to the methodological diversity of the materialist tradition and to refuse narrowly deterministic frameworks that have led to marginalization of materialist cultural analysis in studies of global capitalism. At the same time, World History needs to be more self-critical of the methodological diversity it has welcomed through a largely inclusionary framework that allows the material to be considered separately from cultural, social, and intellectual dimensions of global processes.

chapter 1|17 pages

Material Matters

Recognizing the Confluence of World History and Historical Materialism 1
ByTina Mai Chen, David S. Churchill, Susie Fisher

chapter 2|15 pages

What Is World History? A Critique of Pure Ideology

ByRebecca Karl

part 1|56 pages

The “Blind Spots” of Historical Materialism

chapter 3|16 pages

Language, State, and Global Capitalism

“Global English” and Historical Materialism
ByPeter Ives

chapter 4|21 pages

Open Secrets

Class, Affect, and Sexuality 1
ByRosemary Hennessy

chapter 5|17 pages

“As Its Foundations Totter”

International Imperialism, Gendered Racial Capitalism, and the U.S. Literary Left in the Early Cold War
ByJohn Munro

part 2|76 pages

World History and Interconnectivity

part A|42 pages

Spatial Categories and Norms of Interconnectedness

chapter 6|15 pages

World History and International Relations

Disrupting the Discipline of the State
ByTodd Scarth

chapter 7|26 pages

Local Struggles, Transnational Connections

Latin American Intellectuals and the Congress for Cultural Freedom 1
ByJorge Nállim

part B|33 pages

Denaturalizing Economic Thought

chapter 8|17 pages

Perpetual Peace, Technology, and Effeminacy

Adam Smith and Eighteenth-Century Debates
ByErik Thomson

chapter 9|15 pages

Understanding Global Interconnectedness

Catastrophic Generic Change
ByMary Poovey

part 3|39 pages

Dialectical Inquiry, Historical Materialism, and the Localities of World History

chapter 10|22 pages

Where the Dead Queued for Fuel

Zimbabweans Remember the Fuel Crisis and Its Impact on the Funeral Industry, 1999–2008
ByJoyce M. Chadya

chapter 11|15 pages

“We Are All Migrant Laborers”

Democracy and Universal Politics
ByHyun Ok Park