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Global and International Collections

Global and international studies as a discipline has been growing steadily over the past two decades. Collections in this discipline support the study of globalization, transnational issues, emphasizing in particular a global perspective on the world that goes beyond one country or region. The collection also supports developing programs, such as European Studies, Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, and South Asian Studies, that are not covered by other Area Studies Collections. As with all international and area studies collections at KU, these small collections are not housed in separate locations but live within the broader collections of KU Libraries in general.

The European Studies collection traditionally referred to materials related to Western Europe. This included materials in English, French, German, Italian, and to a lesser degree Scandinavian languages. In recent years, as the European Union has grown more prominent and has expanded its borders toward the east and south, this collection has begun to incorporate materials related to the EU as a whole as well as materials related to both Eastern, Central, Western, and Southern Europe, as well as Turkey and other countries along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Jewish Studies collection has strong ties to the European Studies Collection because of the long history of Jewish Communities in Europe, Germany and Poland in particular. The collection also includes materials related to the State of Israel and Jewish communities in the United States and throughout the entire world.

The Middle East Studies collection consists predominately of English-language books on topics of Middle Eastern history, Islam, cultures, and languages, published in the United States and Britain. Holdings on the topics on Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages and linguistics are strong. Materials in the vernacular languages are actively under development.

The South Asia Studies collection at KU includes materials in English and Hindi in support of Hindi language instruction and courses about the cultures of South Asia. This collection is in its infancy.

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