International Conferences on Global History

Along with the support of other foundations and institutions, the Toynbee Foundation sponsors international conferences on important historical questions that arise from, or are freshly addressed through, global history approaches.

This initiative began with an international conference funded by the Culpeper Foundation and held in Bellagio, Italy, in 1991. There, participants sought to conceptualize the new sub-field and to suggest ways to implement it.  The results of the conference were published as Conceptualizing Global History, ed. Bruce Mazlish & Ralph Buultjens (Boulder, CO: University of Colorado Press, 1993).

Since that first conference and the publication that grew out of it, the Foundation has sponsored several other international gatherings that reflect the growth of interest in global history. Our Officers are always open to new ideas for future conferences. Interested parties may direct inquiries to