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Liu Wenming (刘 文明)

Liu Wenming

Professor of World History


  • Global History Center
  • School of History
  • Capital Normal University
  • 83 North Xi San Huan Road
  • Beijing, 100089
  • China



Research Interests

     Modern European and Chinese Civilization in World History; Global History; Women/Gender History.

University Education

 Ph.D. in History (World History), Fudan University, China, July 1999.

 M.A. in History (Medieval Europe), Hunan Normal University, China, July 1995.

Fellowships and Awards

    2014, Visiting Fellow at Jacobs University, Germany.

    2010, Visiting Fellow at University of Hawaii, the United States.

    2008, Visiting Fellow at Flinders University, Australia.

Research and Teaching Positions

2006- , Professor, School of History, Capital Normal University, China.

2002-2005, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Central South University, China.

2000-2002, Post-doctor & Associate Prof., Dept. of History, Capital Normal University, China.

1995-2000, Lecturer, Dept. of History, Hunan University of Science and Technology, China.



  1. Theory of Global History and the Interaction of Civilizations, Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2015.
  2. Sexual Life and Social Norm: A Multi-cultural Perspective on Sex in the Social Change, Wuhan: Wuhan University Press, 2006.
  3. God and Women: Western Women in Traditional Christian Culture. Wuhan: Wuhan University Press, 2003.
  4. Roman Women in the Cultural Change. Changsha: Hunan People’s Press, 2001.


      Edited Volumes

  1. Narratives and Experience of Western People in the First Sino-Japanese War, Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2015.
  2. Civilization Studies, vol. 1, Multi-civilizations and Regional Transformations, Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2014.
  3. A History of Western Culture, Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2011. (Coeditor)
  4. History of Legal System in foreign countries, Changsha: Hunan People’s Press, 2005.


     Translations (from English into Chinese)

  1. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. By Richard W.Bulliet, Parmela Kyle Crossley, Daniel R. Headrick, Steven W. Hirsch, Lyman L. Johnson, David Northrup, Beijing: The Commercial Press, 2016.
  2. What is global history? By Pamela Kyle Crossley, Beijing: Peking University Press, 2009.


       Book Chapters

  1. The Rise of Global History in the United States and Its Diversity”,in Chinese DreamEducation Reform and People's Quality Improvement, Beijing: Beijing Normal University Press, 2013, pp.157-168.
  2. “Modern Western Concept of Civilization”, in Chen Qineng & Jiang Peng (eds.), A General History of World Civilization: Theories of Civilization. Fuzhou: Fujian Education Press, 2010, pp.118-133.
  3. “The Spread of Confucian Culture to the Surrounding Countries”, in Yi Zhaoyin (ed.), A History of World Culture. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2010, pp.183-189
  4. “The Modernization Transformation of Western Culture”, in Yi Zhaoyin (ed.), A History of World Culture. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2010, pp. 269-320.
  5. “Women and Social Role”, in Luo Xiaoge (ed.), Women Studies, Changsha: Hunan University Press, 2009, pp.13-41.
  6. Remained Wives of Migrant Workers and the Construction of New Countryside: A Perspective in Social Capital Theory, in Fang Xiangxin (ed.), Harmonious Society and Social Construction, 2008, pp.371-380.
  7. “Overview of Studies of Women and Religion”, in Institute of Women’s Studies of the All-China Women's Federation (ed.), Almanac of Chinese Women’s Studies (2001-2005), Social Sciences Academic Press, 2007, pp171-179.
  8. “Marriage and Emotional Life of Remained Wives of Migrant Workers in China: A Case Study of A Village in North Jiangsu Province”, in Huang Jiahai & Wang Kaiyu (ed.), Harmonious Society in Sociological View, Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2006, pp.284-295.
  9. “Nunneries and Nuns’ Lives in Early Medieval Western Europe”, in Liu Xincheng (ed.), Studies on Social History of Medieval Western Europe, Beijing: People’s Press, 2006, pp210-234.
  10. “Women’s Role and Status in Early Christian Church”, in Liu Xincheng (ed.), Studies on Social History of Medieval Western Europe, Beijing: People’s Press, 2006, pp179-209.
  11. “‘Teacher of Evil’: Niccolò Machiavelli”, in Cong Riyun (ed.), Biographies of Famous Thinkers in the World, Zhengzhou: Henan People’s Press, 2000, pp.166-177.
  12. “On Different Functions of Cities in the Collapse of Feudal System between Western Europe and China”, in Hou Li and Tao Xu (eds.), Studies on Chinese and Western Culture, Changsha: Hunan Press, 1996, pp223-232.


Book Preface

  1. “William H. McNeill: the Founder of Global History”, in William H. McNeill, The Pursuit of Truth: A Memoir of William H. McNeill, Chinese edition, Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2015.
  2. Bruce Mazlish and His Historical Research”, in Bruce Mazlish, Civilization and Its Contents, The Commercial Press, 2017.


Major Journal Articles

  1. “Absence of Chinese Anti-Japanese War from WWII in Australian High School History Textbooks”, Journal of Wuhan University, No.2 (2017).
  2. “Epidemic Cholera in the First Half of 19th Century in Perspective of Global History”, GuangMing Daily, March 28, 2015.
  3. “Special Correspondents from UK and US and the Coverage of Port Arthur Massacre during the First Sino-Japanese War”, Social Science Front, Vol. 232, No.10 (2014): 94-102.
  4. “Jerry Bentley’s Study of ‘New World History’ and ‘Cross-cultural Interaction’”, GuangMing Daily, May 21, 2014.
  5. “The Standard of ‘Civilization’ in European International Law of Late 19th Century”, World History, Vol.224, No.1 (2014): 32-42.
  6. “Bruce Mazlish’s View of New Global History”, The New History, Vol.11 (2013): 148-156.
  7. “Historical Writing of Multi-civilizations: A Historical Review and theoretical thinking”, History Teaching, No.6 (2013): 3-15.
  8. “Intercivilizational Encounters: A Sociological Interpretation of Intercivilizational Interaction and Its Historical Significance”, Global History Review, Vol.5 (Dec.2012): 50-67.
  9. “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and the Planting of Cassava in Nigeria: A Global Perspective”, Journal of Central China Normal University, Vol.51, No.3 (2012): 89-94.
  10. “Global History: A New Subdiscipline of History”, People’s Daily, March 1, 2012.
  11. “Ecological Environment: A Topic of Global History”, GuangMing Daily, January 12, 2012.
  12. “The Origin of 1918 Influenza and Its Global Spread”, Global History Review, Vol.4 (Dec.2011): 296-306.
  13. “Networked Imagination in the Construction of Global History”, China Book Review, No.12(2011): 111-114.
  14. “‘The Crisis of History’ and the Reform of History Curriculum in Australian Universities in the End of 20th Century”, Journal of Hunan University of Science and Technology, Vol. 14, No.6(2011): 159-163.
  15. “Discourse of Civilization in 19th Century Europe and the Conceptual Change of Wenming in Late Qing Dynasty”. Journal of Capital Normal University, Vol.202, No.6 (2011): 16-25.
  16. “The Spread of the European Concept of ‘Civilization’ to Japan and China and Its Localization: An Analysis Centering on Fran?ois Pierre Guillaume Guizot, Fukuzawa Yukichi and Liang Qichao”. Historical Research, Vol.331, No.3(2011): 66-77.
  17. “Studying History from Global and Ecological Perspectives: on Crosby’s Approach to History”. Historiography Quarterly, Vol.77, No.1 (2011): 83-91.
  18. “Epidemics Research in the Perspective of Global History: A case study of McNeill and Crosby”. Journal of Shanghai Normal University, Vol.40, No.1(2011): 49-55.
  19. “Theological Construction of Women’s Image in Summa Theologiae”, Researches in World History, Vol.3, (2010): 41-51.
  20. “Historical Construction of Women: form ‘Other’ to ‘Subject’”. China Reading Weekly, 16 Jun, 2010.
  21. “World History Studies in China during Past Sixty Years”, Historical Research, Vol.321, No.5 (Oct. 2009): 15-22.
  22. “Western Model and Social Development: A Reflection in the Global History Perspective”, Studies on Modernization, Vol.4 (Jun, 2009):24-36.
  23. “Self, Other and Construction of European Civilization Concept: A Reflection in the Perspective of Historical Anthropology from sixteenth to nineteenth century”, JiangHai Academic Journal, Vol.255, No.3 (May, 2008): 154-160.
  24. “On Augustine’s Attitude towards Women”, Researches in World History, Vol.2, (2008): 8-21.
  25. “Remained Wives of Migrant Workers and Social Harmony: A Perspective of Social Capital”, Social Science, Vol.319, No.3 (March, 2007):70-74.
  26. “Male Reproductive Role and the Reformation of Reproductive Insurance System in China”, Journal of South China Agricultural University.Vol.5, No.3 (March 2006)
  27. “Cultural Transformation and the Change of Women’s Marriage Status in Late Roman Empire”, Journal of Capital Normal University, Vol.167, No.6 (Dec. 2005): 8-14.
  28. “Early Canonists’ Discussion on the Essence of Marriage”, Wen Shi Bo Lan (Readings of Culture and History), Vol.134, No.2 (Feb. 2005): 50-52.
  29. “Gender History: Theory Construction and its Open Attribute”, Historiography Quarterly, Vol.51, No.3 (2004): 10-13.
  30. “Women in Traditional Buddhist Culture”, Journal of XiangTan Normal College, Vol.25, No.6 (Nov. 2003): 63-65.
  31. “Influence of Rural Economic Reform on Women’s Economic and Family Status in China”, Social Science Journal of Central South University, Vol.9, No.4 (Aug. 2003): 435-438.
  32. “Women in the Perspective of Feminist Sociology”, GuangMing Daily, May 13, 2003.
  33. “Diffusion of Eastern Culture to the West and the Renaissance of Western Culture”, GuangMing Daily, April 15, 2003.
  34. “Androcentric Point of View in Early Christian Anthropology”, Social Science Journal of XiangTan University, Vol.27, No.2 (Mar. 2003): 70-73.
  35. “Gender Theory and the Development of Women’s Personality”, Seeker, Vol.132, No.2 (Mar. 2003): 107-108.
  36. “The Rising of ‘the New Women’s History’ in Mainland China”, Historiography Quarterly, Vol.45, No.1 (2003): 79-87.
  37. “Women’s Role and Status in the Handicraft and Commerce in Medieval Western European City”, Journal of Capital Normal University, Vol.144, No.1 (Feb. 2002): 29-34.
  38. “Influence of Christianity on Marriage Law Making in Late Roman Empire”, Journal of ZhuZhou Institute of Technology, Vol.15, No.6 (Nov. 2001): 54-56.
  39. “Pauline Epistles and the Early Christian Marriage Ethics”, Journal of XiangTan Normal College, Vol.23, No.3 (May. 2001): 21-24.
  40. “Early Christian Asceticism: Rising and Impact on Women”, History Teaching, Vol.438, No.5 (May, 2000): 25-27.
  41. “Sexual and Marital Ethics in Primitive Christianity and Confucianism: A Comparative Perspective”, Seeker, Vol.113, No.1 (2000): 107-112.
  42. “On the Worship of Goddesses and Women’s Religious Life in Classical Rome”, Journal of Zhejiang Normal University, Vol.25, No.1 (Jan. 2000): 71-74.
  43. “Hebrew Women and the Women-View in Old Testament”, Journal of XiangTan Normal College, Vol.20, No.2 (Apr. 1999): 61-64.
  44. “On the Characteristics and Economic Functions of Local Autonomy in Postwar Japan”, Facing the Pacific, Vol.5, No.1 (1998): 194-199.
  45. “Niccolo Machiavelli: A Patriot from Optimistic to Pessimistic”, Journal of XiangTan Normal College, Vol.19, No.1 (Feb. 1998):84-87.
  46. “A Reflection on the Studies of the Asiatic Mode of Production”, Journal of XiangTan Normal College, Vol.18, No.4 (Aug. 1997): 59-64.
  47. “A Comparative Study of the Economic Structure Difference between Medieval Western European city and that of China”, Journal of Historical Science, Vol.227, No.3 (May 1997): 105-110.
  48. “An Analysis of the Difference in State Theory between Zi Zhi Tong Jian and The Prince”, Journal of Social Science of Hunan Normal University, Vol.23, No.4 (July 1994): 69-74.
  49. “Functions of Peasants Rebellion in Feudal Society: A Comparison of Peasants Rebellion in Medieval Germany, England and China”, Journal of XiangTan Normal College, Vol.13, No.supplement (Dec. 1992): 43-46.


 Book Reviews:

  • “Research Paradigms, Trends in Global History, and the Nature of the Academic Discipline: Review of What is Global History?” Global History Review, Vol.2 (Dec.2009)


Funded Projects

  • 2013- , The press public opinion in England and United States during the first Sino-Japanese war.
  • 2008-2011, A study on interaction and symbiosis among civilizations in world history.
  • 2009-2012, Epidemics under the perspective of global history: A case study on Great influenza in 1918.
  • 2005-2006, A study on the reform of reproductive insurance system and women’s legal rights.
  • 2000-2001, Religious ethics and the formation of women's social roles.
  • 1999-2000, A comparative study on modern transformation of traditional political cultures in China and western countries