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This seminar offers an overview of recent approaches to, and discussions about, global history. It thus aims to take stock of the much broader global turn in history that has taken place during the last 30 years. By discussing writings and research widely drawn upon by global historians, the seminar provides students with a toolkit for better understanding the turn away from nation-centered ways of seeing history, which have given way to histories focusing on the movements of people, goods, and ideas across boundaries and on how these movements have been determinants of historical change. The seminar situates global history within related fields, such as transnational history and imperial history. Finally, it delves into recent challenges to global history, which in the eyes of some of its critics has given up on some classic virtues of historians altogether. Throughout the seminar, a particular focus will be on the manifestations and implications of Eurocentrism in historical writing.