Manuel Perez Garcia (EUI Ph.D. 2011)
Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China (Beijing)
Since I entered to the doctoral program at the HEC, EUI, in 2006, the form, method and view I approached to history, starting from my own research, profoundly changed. Of course such change was for the better. The training that researchers receive at HEC help them to go beyond local studies that different scholar traditions in Europe, especially in southern European countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy or Greece, for instance, have firmly kept during decades. If you ask me how many departments, faculties, universities or research institutions in such countries have a solid program on trans-national, comparative and global history, I will definitely say that the number of institutions and practitioners of trans-national and global history is quite marginal. Thus, the HEC makes a huge difference in training researchers with a solid theory, methodology on comparative, trans-national and global history and how to apply it to different case studies. This cutting-edge approach is contributing to prepare a new generation of global historians. In my own case, since 2006 until the present I have been out of my own country by experiencing different historiographies in Europe, U.S.A, Latin America, and currently in China. Surely such global and trans-national view help me to enrich my understanding of the historical process of the early globalization and to escape of micro-local and national myopias to recognize that the world does not start and finish in the community and place where we were born.