In recent years, the conspicuous advance of globalization has inspired many historians to rethink the past in cross-national and comparative terms. Frustration with the limits of traditional, national approaches to history has spawned interesting comparative work in such fields as women's history, labor history, economic history, and imperial history. Although legal history tends to be somewhat parochial by tradition, it, too, has taken a cross-national and comparative turn.
(Online publication May 09 2011)
John Wertheimer is professor of history at Davidson College <email@example.com>. He thanks David Tanenhaus for inviting him to write this introduction, and Christopher Lee and Thomas Pegelow Kaplan for helping him to compose it.