Beyond global studies

an introductory lecture into a Big History course

Leonid E. Grinin, Andrey V. Korotayev, David Baker

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Global studies can be made not only with respect to the humans who inhabit the Earth, they can well be done with respect to biological and abiotic systems of our planet. Such an approach opens wide horizons for the modern university education as it helps to form a global view of various processes. However, we can also ask ourselves whether the limits of our studies can be moved further. Would not it be useful for the students to understand the evolution of our planet within the context of the evolution of our Universe? The need to see this process of development holistically, in its origins and growing complexity, is fundamental to what drives not only science but the human imagination. This shared vision of the grand narrative is one of the most effective ways to conceptualize and integrate our growing knowledge of the Universe, society, and human thought. Note that the respective discipline already exists and it has been developing quite successfully for more than three decades; it is denotes as Big History.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobalistics and globalization studies
Subtitle of host publicationaspects and dimensions of global views
EditorsLeonid E. Grinin, Ilya V. Ilyin, Andrey V. Korotayev
Place of PublicationVolgograd
PublisherUchitel Publishing House
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9785705740284
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Text based on 'Introduction: Big History's big potential' in Grinin, L. E., Baker, D., Quaedackers, E. & Korotayev, A. V. (2014). Teaching and researching Big History: exploring a new scholarly field. Grinin, L., Baker, D., Quaedackers, E. & Korotayev, A. (eds.). Volgograd, Russia: Uchitel Publishing House, p. 7-18 12 p.


  • Big History
  • universe
  • evolution
  • complexity
  • grand narrative

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    Grinin, L. E., Korotayev, A. V., & Baker, D. (2014). Beyond global studies: an introductory lecture into a Big History course. In L. E. Grinin, I. V. Ilyin, & A. V. Korotayev (Eds.), Globalistics and globalization studies: aspects and dimensions of global views (pp. 321-328). Volgograd: Uchitel Publishing House.