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The search for alternative sources of energy intensified toward the end of the century and into the new. Historians, fascinated by such phenomena, began to seek to trace the energy issue back to its historical development. ” But this subfield can surely be expected to grow in the coming years and decades, and the small number of studies that have appeared all seem to stress the transnational nature of the supplying of power, in particular of electricity. 15 On the other hand, both nuclear armament and nuclear energy generation result in radioactive waste, and how to dispose of it has become a major issue in national and international affairs.
But when, in the late 1970s, Soviet troops occupied Afghanistan, while Chinese forces invaded Vietnam shortly after the withdrawal of US forces from the latter, it appeared as though the Cold War had returned with a vengeance. ” Such a chronology was of little help when the Cold War came to an abrupt end by 1989–1991. Historians, no more than political scientists, were prepared for the fall of the Berlin Wall or the reunification of Germany—except that they would now add “the end of the Cold War” to their chronology.
It would probably not be difficult to find their counterparts in other countries. Despite such notable beginnings, however, few of these scholars, if any, embraced the notion of global history or transnational history when they published their studies. Why was it that most scholars of international history, or of national history for that matter, before the 1990s hesitated to reconceptualize the past in these newer frameworks? 1057/9781137299833 Historians Falling Behind History 25 cite several reasons.