As one of the earliest research sections, it was established in 1964. Currently, the main research focuses are modern and contemporary history of America, UK, France, Germany, Canada and Spain. The famous world historian, professor Huang Shaoxiang，worked here, and some of the first generation of world history researchers trained in the People’s Republic of China, such as Zhang Chunnian, Liao Xuesheng, Cheng Xijun, Sun Chengmu, Wang Zhende, Zhang Haitao, Zhu Guisheng, Zhou Jianqin, etc., also worked here. At present, there are 11 researchers: Wu Bikang, Yu Jinyao, Meng Qinglong, Xie Wenge, Jin Hai, Wang Hongbo, Zhang Hongju, Yao Peng, Gao Guorong, Zhang Jin, Wang Chao, 4 of them are research fellows, 4 of them are associate research fellows, 3 of them are assistant research fellows, and 9 of them hold Ph.D. degrees.
Guided by Marxist historical materialism, our research is to probe into the evolution of economy, politics and culture of western European and northern American countries, with an emphasis on the historical process of the main countries since the 18th century industrial revolution. Our main research topics are American, British, German, French, Canadian and Spanish history; modern and contemporary European and American economical, social, environmental, international relations history. The foreign language abilities of our researchers are mainly English, French, and German.
Since its establishment, our section has undertaken a number of national and academy level research projects, such as projects of “Regulations in British and American societies”, “American environmental movements and policies”. The publications of the section hold good reputations at home and abroad. Currently, we are vigorously expanding external exchange and we warmly welcome young researchers with aspiration to conduct Western European and Northern American history studies to join us.
Main Publications of the Section
Concise History of America, Huang Shaoxiang, People’s Press, 1979.
Concise History of Russia (Volume 1, 2), Sun Chengmu, ed., People’s Press, 1986.
History of the Second World War, Zhu Guisheng, ed., People’s Press, 1982.
Pioneers of Sino-Western Cultural Exchange, Xu Minglong, ed., Dongfang Press, 1992.
The Rise of the Industrial Society----a Comparative Study of the Industrial Revolution of Five European and American Countries, Wang Zhanghui and Sun Xian, eds., People’s Press, 1995.
Study on Fascist System, Zhu Tingguang, ed., Shanghai People’s Press, 1995.
The Labor Transfer and Urbanization of European and American Countryside, Wang Zhanghui, ed., Social Science Documentary Press, 1999.
The Collapse of the Great Britain, Zhang Honghong ed., Social Science Documentary Press, 1997.
Power and Knowledge: British and American Scientific Policy History, Fujian People’s Press, 1998.
Neocolonialism of British and American, Zhang Shunhong ed., Social Science Documentary Press, 1999.
The 18th Century’s Sinomania of Europe, Xu Minghong, Shanxi Education Press, 1999.
British Culture and Modernization, Wang Zhanghui, Liaohai Press, 1999.
American Culture and Modernization, Gu Ning, Liaohai Press, 2000.
The Regulatory Mechanism of Modern British and America, Wu Bikang, ed., People’s Press, 2002.
Engels, Qin Haibo, ed., China Children’s Press, 2003.
Nixon and the Rise of American Conservative New Establishment, Jin Hai, Social Science Documentary Press, 2007.
Global Environmental Problems and International Responses, Xu Zairong, Social Science Documentary Press, 2007.
US Policy towards German after the First World War: 1918-1929, Social Science Documentary Press, 2008.
British Views on China: At the Dawn of the 19th Century, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press and Paths International Ltd., 2013.
The 20th Century Environmental Movement and Policy of America, Xu Zairong, ed., China Social Sciences Press, 2013.
The Historical Survey of British Brain Drain to America after World War Ⅱ, Zhang Jin, China Social Sciences Press, 2013.
American Environmental History: A Historiography, Gao Guorong, China Social Sciences Press, 2014.
Study on Western European History of Marriage, Family and Population, Yu Jinyao, Modern Press, 2015.