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MU associate professor pens world history book

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Christopher White, an associate professor of Latin American history and director of graduate studies in the history department at Marshall University, has written a book that provides the reader with a new roadmap of world history.

"A Global History of the Developing World" is a 288-page book that will be released Sept. 18. The book has 12 chapters and is organized into four thematic units, each containing one chapter on Asia, Latin America and Africa.

"The book provides a comprehensive history of the developing world based on the author's profound knowledge of economic and social history over the last six centuries," said Katsushi Imai, an economic development specialist from the University of Manchester in the UK, in a news release. "The reader is not only provided with a new roadmap of World History but also with an alternative way of understanding key contemporary issues, such as global poverty or inequality. This book is highly recommended for students and their teachers in both social science and history."

White said it took about two years to write the book, but many years of research based on travel to mostly Latin America, including places such as Peru, Mexico, Cuba and Central America.

"But also based on teaching a class for the past seven years at Marshall," White said. "I have taken lots of notes down through the years and added to my lectures and kind of built the class up into the foundation of what the book became."

The book includes detailed profiles of key figures as well as maps and illustrations.

At Marshall, White teaches courses on Latin America, the developing world and U.S. foreign relations. He also is the author of "Creating a Third World: Mexico, Cuba, and the United States during the Castro Era" and "The History of El Salvador."