About Us

The Centre for the study of Global, Social and Environmental History  aims at encouraging the creation of a network among scholars (not only Italian) who concern themselves with global, social and environmental issues.

Global history is a field of historical study that emerged as a distinct academic field in the 1980s. It examines history from a global perspective. Global historians studies phenomena that 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.

Social history is a broad branch of history that studies the experiences of ordinary people in the past. At the simplest level, social history is the subdivision of historiography that focused on social structures and processes. Social history is also the history of an entire society from a social-historical viewpoint. Subfields are: demographic history; labor history; urban history; history of the family; women’s history; gender history; ethnic history.

Environmental history is the study of human interaction with the natural world over time. Environmental historians study how humans both shape their environment and are shaped by it. Environmental history emerged in the United States out of the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and much of its impetus still stems from present-day global environmental concerns. The first subfield – nature itself and its change over time – includes the physical impact of humans on the Earth’s land, water, atmosphere and biosphere. The second subfield – how humans use nature – includes the environmental consequences of increasing population, more effective technology and changing patterns of production and consumption. The third subfield studies how people think about nature, especially in the form of myths, religion and science.