| Jerry H. Bentley

Jerry H. Bentley


Professor of History


University of Hawaii, Manoa


Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history at the University of Hawaii and editor of the Journal of World History. His early publications focused on European cultural history, particularly on the religious, moral, and political thought of Renaissance humanists. More recently his research has concentrated on the history of cross cultural interactions. His recent publications include Old World Encounters: Cross Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre Modern Times (1993), Shapes of World History in Twentieth Century Scholarship (1996), and (with Herbert F. Ziegler) Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past (2000, 2003). When he is not attempting to peer into the global past, he can usually be found either on the tennis courts or in the swimming pool.

Selected Publications


Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the Renaissance (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983)

Politics and Culture in Renaissance Naples (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987) Italian translation: Politica e cultura nella Napoli rinascimentale (Naples: Guida, 1995), translated by Cosima Campagnolo.

Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).

(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).

Edited Works

Journal of World History (1990- )

(with Renate Bridenthal and Anand A. Yang) Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History (Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2005).

(with William H. McNeill, David Christian, David Levinson, J.R. McNeill, Heidi Roupp, and Judith P. Zinsser) Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, 5 vols. (Great Barrington, Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2005).

(with Renate Bridenthal and Kären E. Wigen), Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges (Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2007).

(with Charles H. Parker) From the Middle Ages to Modernity: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

The Oxford Handbook of World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

(with Sanjay Subrahmanyam) The Cambridge History of the World, volume 6, part 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

(with Sanjay Subrahmanyam) The Cambridge History of the World, volume 6, part 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).


"Cross-Cultural Interaction and Periodization in World History," The American Historical Review, Vol. 101, No. 3 (Jun., 1996), pp. 749-770.

"Sea and Ocean Basins as Frameworks of Historical Analysis,"  Geographical Review, Vol. 89, No. 2, Oceans Connect (Apr., 1999), pp. 215-224.


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