Journal of World History

Matthew P. Romaniello, Editor

Weber State University is the home to the editorial office of the Journal of World History (JWH). JWH publishes research into historical questions requiring the investigation of evidence on a global, comparative, cross-cultural, or transnational scale. It is devoted to the study of phenomena that transcend the boundaries of single states, regions, or cultures, such as large-scale population movements, long-distance trade, cross-cultural technology transfers, and the transnational spread of ideas. JWH is the official journal of the World History Association, and is published by the University of Hawaii Press


Students have two opportunities to work on JWH, either by taking History 3530 (History Editing), offered as an independent study every semester, or by taking History 4860 (Internships in Historical Studies). Students unfamiliar with editing work are encouraged to take History 3530; History 4860 requires some experience before applying for the internship. Both courses count toward completing the requirements of the Public History minor.

History 3530: History Editing
An important part of Public History is the practice of editing historical scholarship and historical documents, posters and exhibits, and online materials. This course in History Editing will focus on the practical editing skills required of a public historian in their career.  It will begin with training in copyediting and preparation of manuscripts according to The Chicago Manual of Style, allow students to gain familiarity with a variety of texts across multiple publishing venues, and then focus on the application of these skills to support the production of a scholarly journal, Journal of World History.  This course will provide students a “hands on” experience in managing manuscript submission, the scholarly review process, and copyediting and preparing manuscripts for publication. Based on this experience, students will develop a practical skill set for future work as public historians, archivists, or editors. No pre-requisite required.

History 4860: Internships in Historical Studies
Faculty supervised internships in public history institutions. Each internship is individually established and provides students with practical experience and the opportunity to apply and learn new professional skills. Prerequisite: Junior-class standing permission of instructor and field supervisor.  Students are also required to complete an application for the position.




Vol. 36, no. 2 (June 2025)

Hyeok Hweon Kang, "Global History and the Measures of Early Modern Technology: Europe, East Asia, and the Case of Smoothbore Ballistics"

Rudolph Ng, "Beating the Odds: A Survival Story of Chinese Immigrants in Nicaragua"

Delwyn Blondell, "'Illustrative Cases of Hereditary Degeneracy': The Use of Family Studies to Support New Zealand's Eugenics Narrative in the 1920s"

Reka Krizmanics, "'A One-Woman Expedition to Get to Know Tanzanian Women': State Socialist Women's Travelogues about Africa in the 1960s-1980s"

Sayaki Chatani, Chien-Wen Kung, and Taomo Zhou, "Strategies of Belonging in the Bandung Era: Diasporas and Cold War Asia"


Vol. 36, no. 1 (March 2025)

Bin Yang, "The Making of Elixir: Ambergris, Emperor Jiajing, and the Portuguese Settlement in Macao in 1557"

Nicholas Paul Roberts, "Oceanic Wahhabism"

Kelly Elliott, "'Why Doest Thou Thus?' Providence and Discourses of Difference in Two Nineteenth-Century Missionary Lives"

Marleen Reichgelt and Felicity Jenz, "Papuan Children, Catholic Missionaries, and the Formation of Transimperial Networks in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe"

Pedro Iacobelli and Ignacio Enei, "The Japanese Eye on Latin America through The Japan Times, 1926-1941"


Vol. 35, no. 4 (December 2024)

Joshua Batts and Fuyuko Matsukata, "Get it in Writing (If You Can): Regulating Foreign Communities in Tokugawa Japan"

Laura Nenzi, "Globality without Mobility: Ephemera, 1830s-1860s"

Cyrus Schayegh, "A Late/Post-Imperial Region of Difference: The Ottoman Empire and Its Successor Polities in Southeastern Europe, Turkey, and the Arab East, c. 1850s-1940s"

Jeffrey Ryan Harris, "Polynesia Against Paris: Indigenous Anti-Nuclear Literature and the French Colonial Origins of Oceanian Reintegration"

Mikiya Koyagi, "Pan-Asian Decolonization? Iranian Oil, Japanese Tankers, and the Nisshomaru Incident of 1953"


Vol. 35, no. 3 (September 2024)

Haiwei Liu, "Hundred Eyes or Hundred Wild Geese: An Examination of How Historical Sources were Made in Marco Polo's Time"

Macabe Keliher, "Ritual in the Early Modern World: Proliferation, State-Formation, and the Work of the Manchu Surrender Ceremony"

Boyi Chen, "The Kelenteng and Annual Rituals: Hokkien Community in Batavia"

Olisa Godson Muojama, "Victims of Nationality: German Civilian Internment in British West Africa during the Second World War"

Mario De Prospo, "Mediation Hub or Active Agent? FAO's Commitment to Rural Welfare during Its First Thirty Years"


Vol. 35, no. 2 (June 2024)

Robert Zens, "Reimaging the Ottomans: The Tale of an Ottoman Ayah"

Joshua S. C. Morrison, "Amity, Commerce, and Compromise: Americans, Indians, and the Evolution of Trade on Zanzibar and across the Western Indian Ocean, 1825-1861"

Keith Rathbone, "Maori Rugby in 1920s France: Sport, Race, and Indigeneity" 

Hongxuan Lin, "The Minor Key: Indonesian Marxists Sojourning Abroad"

Rowtem Kowner, "The Puzzle of Rescue and Survival: The Wartime Exodus of Jewish Refugees from Lithuania and their Japanese Savior Redux"


Vol. 35, no. 1 (March 2024)

 Bernard Keo, "Colonial City, Global Entanglements: Intra- and Trans-Imperial Networks in George Town, 1786-1937"

Anjuli Webster, "Inter-Imperial Entanglement: The British Claim to Portuguese Delagoa Bay in the Nineteenth Century"

Sophie-Jung Hyun Kim, "Between World-Imagining and World-Making: Politics of Fin-de-Siecle Universalism and Trans-Imperial Indo-US Brotherhood"

Kenzo Okuda, "Britain's Atomic Energy Strategy toward Japan: The Anglo-American 'Special Relationship,' 1945-1959"

Wensheng Wang, "The Value and Prospect of the Needham Question: A Historiographical Reflection and Elaboration"


Vol. 34, no. 4 (December 2023)

Daniel Hoyer, "Decline and Fall, Growth and Spread, or Resilience? Approaches to Studying How and Why Societies Change"

Tyson Luneau, "A Disdain for Deserts: The Sahara Sea Project and Climatic Modification in North Africa, 1864-85"

Ahmet Izmirlioglu, "A Failed Transplant: American Cotton in the Ottoman Empire"

Michael Philipp Brunner, "Diverging in Peace: (Inter)Religious Internationalism, Interwar Pacifism, and a World Conference that Never Happened"

Robert Niebuhr, David Pickus, and Zvonimir Stopic, "Toward Rangoon: Cold War Internationalism and the Birth of Yugoslavia's Globalism"


Vol. 34, no. 3 (September 2023)

Barend Noordam, "Chinese Volley Fire and Metanarratives of World History"

Benjamin Lieberman, "Invulnerability and the Cartography of Resistance to Imperialism"

Tatiana Linkhoeva, "Samurai and Mongols: How a Medieval Samurai Became Chinggis Khan"

Stephen Fender, "The Mexican Labor Movement and the Global Scripts of Revolution, 1910-1929"

Melvin Barnes, Jr., "China and the Spirit of Booker T. Washington: Applying Lessons from the Southern Black American Experience in Rural Republican China, 1920 to 1940"