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Social, Cultural and Political Change

World history and big history

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Inner Eurasia: a world history of Eurasia's heartlands

Researcher: David Christian

Summary

The Mongol, Russian and Soviet empires, the largest contiguous empires ever created, arose not in the populous lands of 'Outer Eurasia', but in Eurasia's thinly settled heartlands. How did this under-resourced region exert such a vast influence on its richer and more populous neighbours from prehistory to the present day?

This project will address this large question through a synoptic history of the entire region. It will reinterpret the region's role in world history and the contemporary world.

Grant details 

Funding: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
Current to: 2014

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Big history for high school students

Researcher: David Christian

Summary

The aim is to create a free online syllabus in 'big history', an approach to history pioneered at Macquarie University, which surveys the past at all possible scales. We envisage a preliminary website by the end of 1213.

Grant details

Funding: 
Current to: 2013

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