Miles Ogborn


On his book Global Lives: Britain and the World, 1550-1800

Cover Interview of May 08, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Explaining global processes through the lives of people who are part of them.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“What I have taken from Global Lives is the importance of being true to the lives of historical subjects while understanding them as part of processes that they themselves would have seen only partially.”

On the second:

“Individuals’ actions depend upon the actions of others.  Those who wish to act to change the world must work through the actions – conscious and unconscious, routine and exceptional – of others who are trying to prosecute their own projects, or just trying to get by.”