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'Global Intellectual History' is a relatively new field, as only recently historians have systematically begun to explore the circulation of ideas, concepts, and ideologies in a global context. But what does this mean? Are some ideas (e.g., human rights) more global than others? Whose ideas travel, and under what conditions? Are forms of knowledge global because they circulate widely, or because they respond to global challenges? The objective of this class is to provide an overview of these fascinating new currents, and to think through the implications of looking at intellectual developments globally.