I’ll admit I totally forgot we were supposed to write about what we’d want to see in a guide book about transnational history, so I wrote a rather lengthy unrelated post earlier today.
My ideal guide to transnational history would not go in a specific order rather it would be a collection of articles on various ideas from trade history in transnational context to the study of intellectual networks. I think this network should be ever expanding, but that each article should have a fairly strict word limit, with the option of adding articles on subtopics that might be of more niche interest. Ideally additions to this web would be peer reviewed and there would be a paid staff to prune and nurture the network.
I also think a short history of the discipline would a beneficial thing to include. I found thinking about the history of transnational and global women’s history to be beneficial when trying to understand the historiography. A similar more general history of the discipline of transnational and global history would also be helpful.
Finally I’d like to make the case for visuals. Personally I think mostly in words, but that is mainly when things are proceeding in a one directional linear way. Concepts in transnational history often are not linear or don’t have a linear relationship towards each other. This is where I think visuals can be very helpful. In addition visuals can be very helpful in remembering complex topics and adding a bit of levity to what can sometimes be dry historiography. This is what I tried to do in my previous post “Trying to do historiography with Polandball” (http://transnationalhistory.net/doing/2019/03/13/trying-to-do-historiography-with-polandball/).