As the Kurds have historically lived in many different polities and become entangled in various transnational movements, ideas and entities, studying the Kurds also, by definition, involves engaging in global history. Nevertheless, both compiling archives and making use of existing archives involves partaking in various power relations (Stoler 2002). This is because archives can be said to be manifestations and tools of power, since those who create them arrange them in ways that promote the dissemination of certain forms of knowledge at the possible expense of other ways of perceiving reality.3 The fonus is therefore on the researcher to approach archives not just as a historian but also as an ethnographer (Stoler 2002). Through using the tools of ethnography, one can study the archive as a field in which different power relations, differing in form and extent, are present. However, in order to gain a full picture of the ethnographic field, one must be aware of one’s own “positionality” within the field in relation to the other actors and entities situated within them, and the power relations that they are a part of. It is the goal of this chapter to provide the researcher with an overview of the considerations involved in engaging in historical archival research on the Kurds (Cousin 2010, 9). In addition, this chapter makes its own stance clear; what is presented here is how a global, as opposed to national or imperial history of the Kurds, can be conducted.4 Such an approach would also avoid reifying categories,5 including the meaning of the term “Kurd,” to serve imperial or national political goals, since its contention is that such categories are themselves constructed in time through what can be termed transnational entanglements. These instances involve the points in history when new meanings of what it means to be a Kurd or the boundaries of Kurdistan emerge, as different concepts are translated from one language or context to another, new forms of power relations emerge and are removed or replaced and new forms of transnational solidarity emerge and dissipate. Therefore, such a global historical approach, focused on tracing entanglements, does not rule out considering both imperial and national archives, but it does require deploying an “ethnographic sensibility” and being mindful of the representation of the Kurds within these contexts (Pader 2006).