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The Global History Center (GHC) of Capital Normal University (CNU) was founded in 2004 at the initiative of Professor Liu Xincheng, the first of its kind in China. The center is bolstered by a total of more than ten faculty members of CNU’s School of History, encompassing both world history and Chinese history, keen on exploring cross-cultural, transnational, and transregional themes from a global interactive perspective or situating Chinese history in a more comprehensive world history framework. Since its founding, the GHC has witnessed the formation of a unique research and teaching team of global history, starting to offer both masters and doctoral degree training in such orientations as global history theory and methodology, history of the Mediterranean, the civilizational encounters of the Early Modern world, modern Western civilization and the world, international conflicts from a global history perspective, cross-cultural exchanges, and China and the world in global history processes, etc.

The GHC boasts its academic journal titled the Global History Review and an official website, in both Chinese and English. Over the years, GHC members have garnered a series of government-funded high-profile research projects and published both monographs and translations in global history. The late Professor Jerry H. Bentley of the University of Hawaii and Professor Dominic Sachsenmaier of the University of G?ttingen have served as guest professors at the GHC, which also enjoys close cooperative relationships with a number of other universities around the world.Currently, Professor Liu Xincheng serves as the director of GHC, while its executive director is Professor Liu Wenming.



Research Orientation of GHC Members



Liu Xincheng( 新成)

Theory and Methodology of Global History; Global History in China

Liu Wenming( 文明)

Modern European and Chinese Civilizations in World History;

Theory and Methodology of Global History

Xia Jiguo( 继果)

History of the Mediterranean Area

Liang Zhanjun( 占军)

International Relations in the 20th Century

Shi Cheng( )

Early Modern Morld

Wang Yongping( 永平)

China and the World in Han and Tang Dynasty

Chen Xiaohua( 晓华)

China and the World in Ming and Qing Dynasty

Sun Yue( )

Big History

Yue Xiukun( 秀坤)

Modern China and the World

Qiao Yu( )

Environmental History of Australia and the World

Kong Yuan( )

Modern Inner-Asia and China

Qin Fang( )

Modern Chinese Gender History



Major Global History Research Projects Undertaken by GHC Members



Project Titles

Chief Expert


System of General World Histories in the Global Era

Liu Xincheng


Platform for Global History and the Reconstruction of the System of General World Histories

Liu Xincheng


Research Platform for Interactions among and Co-existence of Civilizations in World History

Liu Xincheng


A Study of Interactions among and Co-existence of Civilizations in World History

Liu Xincheng


Epidemics in Global History Perspective: A case study on Great influenza in 1918

Liu Wenming


From Tianxia to Shijie [World]: China’s Explorations of the Outside World during the Han and Tang

Wang Yongping


The Rise of Global History and Its Impact

Shi Cheng


The First Sino-Japanese War as Reported by Anglo-American Newspapers

Liu Wenming


A New Perspective of Global History: Alien Customs and the Tang Society

Wang Yongping


Ancient Greece vs. Oriental Civilizations: Exchanges and Interaction

Li Yongbin


Lessons for Peaceful Cooperation and Common Development Between China and Foreign Countries with Different Sociopolitical Systems: A Study of Sino-Japanese Relations

Shi Guifang


The Second Sino-Japanese War in Foreign World History Textbooks

Liang Zhanjun


History of the Mediterranean Sea, 600-1500

Xia Jiguo


The Cold War and How It Influenced the American Civil Rights Reform

Yu Zhan


A Study of the Exotic and Alien Customs along the Silk Road: Multi-civilizational Interactions in Han and Tang from the Perspective of Global History

Wang Yongping



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Global History Center, School of History, Capital Normal University
Address: School of History, No. 83, Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District,  Beijing, China 
Postal code: 100089
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