Jerry H. Bentley


Early Modern Europe, World History


Office: Sakamaki A401
Phone: (808) 956-8505
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BA Tennessee, 1971; MA, PhD Minnesota, 1974, 1976


Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history and editor of the Journal of World History. He has written extensively on the cultural history of early modern Europe and on cross-cultural interactions and exchanges in world history. His research on the religious, moral, and political writings of the Renaissance led to the publication of Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (1983) and Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (1987). His current research concentrates on global history and particularly on processes of cross-cultural interaction. His book Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contact and Exchange in Pre-Modern Times (1993) studies processes of cultural exchange and religious conversion before modern times. He has also written on the periodization of world history and on historiographical issues relating to world history.

Dr. Bentley teaches courses in world history, early modern history, and the expansion of Europe.


Representative publications:


•    (with Herbert F. Ziegler) Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2000; second edition, 2003; third edition, 2006; fourth edition, 2008)
•    Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993)
•    Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987)
•    Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983)

Edited Works

•    Journal of World History (1990- )
•    The Oxford History Handbook of World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2011)
•    (with Charles H. Parker) From the Middle Ages to Modernity: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007)
•    (with Renate Bridenthal and Kären E. Wigen), Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges (Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2007)
•    (with Renate Bridenthal and Anand A. Yang) Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History (Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2005)


•    Early Modern Europe and the Early Modern World,@ in Charles H. Parker and Jerry H. Bentley, eds, Between the Middle Ages and Modernity: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), pp. 13-31
•    Myths, Wagers, and Some Moral Implications of World History,@ Journal of World History 16 (2005): 51-82
•    World History and Grand Narrative,@ in Benedikt Stuchtey and Eckhardt Fuchs, eds., Writing World History, 1800-2000 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 47-65
•    The New World History,@ in Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza, eds., A Companion to Western Historical Thought (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 393-416
•    Sea and Ocean Basins as Frameworks of Historical Analysis,@ The Geographical Review 89 (1999): 215-24
•    Hemispheric Integration, 500-1500 C.E.,@ Journal of World History 9 (1998): 237-54
•    Cross-Cultural Interaction and Periodization in World History,@ American Historical Review 101 (1996): 749-70