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subject description and guidelines

  • General history consists of the factual study and analysis of the political, social, intellectual, cultural, diplomatic, military, ethnic, or gender history of multiple countries. It also includes the field of World History, the historical discipline that examines transregional and transcultural developments. Materials in General History transcend single states, regions, and cultures, such as cultural contact and exchange and movements that have had a global or at least a transregional impact. Because of the geographic scope of General History, many selectors are involved in the acquisition of materials. The General History selector has primary responsibility for the acquisition of works that document the general political, social, intellectual, cultural, diplomatic, and local history of multiple nations in Western Europe as well as works that cross multiple areas. Area selectors are responsible for transnational studies in their specific region.


  • The General History collection primarily serves the needs of faculty and students in the Departments of History Department and Government as well as the European Studies Program. Other disciplines for which this collection may have relevance include Peace Studies, Sociology, and Literature.