Writing coherent comparative history
is a unique challenge, and Rensink structures his work carefully to draw out these nations' historical commonalities while also using their differences to accentuate his arguments.
He traces these concepts not by reconstructing events or great deed--as many other historians and biographers have already done--but by a synthetic and comparative history
of his relationships, and the personality types and character roles that enabled those relationships and that collaboration.
Colonisation: A Comparative Study of India and Korea is an edited volume of comparative history
, with twenty essays comparing colonial experiences in the two countries.
Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History
. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, pp.
This volume has adopted a broad understanding of transnationalism as a continuation of comparative history
and places the emphasis on the transnational perspective of the scholar as much as on the object of enquiry.
This changed when the International Comparative Literature Association, founded in 1955, established in 1967 a Coordinating Committee with the charge to publish a series with the somewhat curious title "A Comparative History
of Literatures in European Languages." The formulation offered the possibility of going beyond geographically defined Europe to include, in principle, literatures from North- and South America, Australia and other parts of the world where a European language was officially recognized.
Europe on Trial: The Story of Collaboration, Resistance, and Retribution During World War II comes from a historian who provides the comparative history
of the three elements in the Western and Eastern European countries that suffered under German rule, and makes for an engrossing probe into the decisions made by political figures and individual citizens during this period.
In 1981, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, the distinguished Protestant historian of Islam, opened his magisterial work, Towards a World Theology: Faith and the Comparative History
of Religion, by evoking this tale and arguing that global theology must understand religious communities in terms of their mutual relationships and repeated borrowings.
Questioning Science in East Asian Contexts: Essays on Science, Confucianism, and the Comparative History
White's well-written comparative history
underlines the need to understand the wider context of industrial and economic development as we examine the intersections of people, corporations, and communities.