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Rethinking World History

Rethinking World History
Essays on Europe, Islam and World History

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Part of Studies in Comparative World History

  • Date Published: September 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438445

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  • Is the history of the modern world the history of Europe writ large? Or is it possible to situate the history of modernity as a world historical process apart from its origins in Western Europe? In this posthumous collection of essays, Marshall G. S. Hodgson challenges adherents of both Eurocentrism and multiculturalism to rethink the place of Europe in world history. He argues that the line that connects Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance to modern times is an optical illusion, and that a global and Asia-centred history can better locate the European experience in the shared histories of humanity. Hodgson then shifts the historical focus and in a parallel move seeks to locate the history of Islamic civilisation in a world historical framework. In so doing he concludes that there is but one history - global history - and that all partial or privileged accounts must necessarily be resituated in a world historical context. The book also includes an introduction by the editor, Edmund Burke, contextualising Hodgson's work in world history and Islamic history.

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    • Date Published: September 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438445
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's preface
    Introduction: Marshall G. S. Hodgson and world history Edmund Burke, III
    Part I. Europe in a global context:
    1. The interrelations of societies in history
    2. In the center of the map: nations see themselves as the hub of history
    3. World history and world outlook
    4. The great Western Transmutation
    5. Historical method in civilizational studies
    6. On doing world history
    Part II. Islam in a global context:
    7. The role of Islam in world history
    8. Cultural patterning in Islamdom and the Occident
    9. The unity of later Islamic history
    10. Modernity and the Islamic heritage
    Part III. The discipline of world history:
    11. The objectivity of large-scale historical inquiry: its peculiar limits and requirements
    12. Conditions of historical comparison among ages and regions: the limitations of their validity
    13. Interregional studies as integrating the historical disciplines: the practical implications of an interregional orientation for scholars and for the public
    Conclusion: Islamic history as world history: Marshall G. S. Hodgson and The Venture of Islam, Edmund Burke, III.

  • Author

    Marshall G. S. Hodgson

    Editor

    Edmund Burke, University of Chicago

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