Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

MA Global History

Today’s interconnected world is not a new phenomenon, but looks back to a long history of exchange and interaction. The history of migration and trade, of empires and nation-states, of religion and the environment, of ideas, of communication and war have all contributed to linking different parts of the world, albeit unevenly.


The MA program Global History is dedicated to exploring the various trajectories of cross-border entanglements across the globe. Unlike programs that treat global history as an extension of imperial or economic history, our approach emphasizes the entanglements between specific regions and global structures. By focusing on comparisons, connections, and processes of global integration, the program helps students to understand the forces that have continuously shaped and restructured the world.


Global history is one of the most innovative and productive fields of scholarly inquiry today, and challenges us to think about history and its methodologies in new ways. It acknowledges a broad variety of different perspectives and aims to arrive at a non-Eurocentric reading of the global past.



The MA program is based on a unique cooperation between diverse institutes, including


  • Friedrich-Meinecke Institute (Free University Berlin/Research area of Global History)
  • John-F-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (Free University Berlin/Historical Area Studies)
  • Institute of East Asian Studies (Free University Berlin)
  • Institute of Asian and African Studies (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Department of History (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)




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