Writing World History 1800-2000 by Benedikt StuchteyWriting World History 1800-2000 by Benedikt Stuchtey

Writing World History 1800-2000

EditorBenedikt Stuchtey, Eckhardt Fuchs

Hardcover | June 29, 2004

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Writing World History contributes to the highly topical debate on world history by addressing the subject comparatively. Building on the current academic as well as public interest in world history in the Western and non-Western world, and especially in the United States, this volume links acritical investigation of the traditions of world history-writing with the most recent theoretical, methodological, and ideological debates on the subject. It is original in two ways: first, it present different modern approaches to contemporary world history and its debates. Secondly, it offers acritical analysis of the historical traditions of world history over the past 200 years by providing a selection of case studies. From a transcultural perspective, these demonstrate different ideas about the world and the relationship between 'periphery' and 'centre' in various geographical areassuch as the USA, Britain, Germany, France, and Russia; Africa; and China, India, and Japan. The essays make clear that interpretations of the world reflect perceptions of one's own culture, and that the notion of the world can be used to legitimize political aims. Since this field emerged in the USAand developed into a separate subdiscipline, American concepts of world history have dominated the discourse. The objective is to go beyond the comparison of Western and non-Western concepts by offering a critical evaluation of their theoretical foundations, ideological implications, and moralconnotations. The volume offers a critique of a Eurocentric and an ethnocentric world history.
Benedikt Stuchtey is a Research Fellow, German Historical Institute London. Eckhardt Fuchs is an Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of Mannheim.
Title:Writing World History 1800-2000Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.95 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199255571

ISBN - 13:9780199255573


Table of Contents

1. Benedikt Stuchtey and Eckhardt Fuchs: Introductions: Problems of Writing World History. Western and Non-Western Experiences, 1800-2000l: Mapping the Subject2. Jerry H. Bentley: World History and Grand Narrative3. Patrick Karl O'Brien: The Deconstruction of Myths and Reconstruction of Metanarratives in Global Histories of Material Progress4. Arif Dirlik: Confounding Metaphors, Inventions of the World: What is World History For?II: Rethinking and Writing World History5. Michael Adas: From Settler Colony to Global Hegemon: Integrating the Exceptionalist Narrative of the American Experience into World History6. Lutz Raphael: The Idea and Practice of World Historiography in France: the Annales Legacy7. Michael J. Bentley: The Singularities of British Weltgeschichte8. Thomas M. Bohn: Writing World History in Tsarist Russia and in the Soviet Union9. Benedikt Stuchtey: World Power and World History: Writing the British Empire, 1885-194510. Andrea Eckert: Fitting Africa into World History: A Historiographical Exploration11. Vinay Lal: Provincializing the West: World History from the Perspective of Indian History12. Ricardo K.S. Mak: The 'Middle Kingdom' Struggles to Survive: The Chinese Worldview in the Nineteenth Century13. Julia Adeney Thomas: High Anxiety: Japanese World History as National Defence14. Sebastian Conrad: The Opened and the Closed Country: Conflicting Views of Japan's Position in the World