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World History: Ideologies, Structures, and Identities

Philip Pomper (Editor), Richard H. Elphick (Editor), Richard T. Vann (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-20898-3
296 pages
August 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
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World history is currently one of the most exciting areas of discussion amongst historians.
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List of Contributors.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: The Theory and Practice of World History: Philip Pomper (Wesleyan University).

Part I: Mapping the Field:.

1. The Changing Shape of World History: William H. McNeill (University of Chicago).

2. Crossing Boundaries: Ecumenical, World, and Global History: Bruce Mazlish (MIT).

3. Periodizing World History: William A. Green (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester).

Part II: Rethinking Structure, Agency, and Ideology:.

4. The World-System Perspective in the Construction of Economic History: Jane Lippman Abu-Lughod (New School of Social Research, New York).

5. Bringing Ideas and Agency Back In: Representation and the Comparative Approach to World History: Michael Adas (Rutgers University).

6. World Histories and the Construction of Collective Identities: S. N. Eisenstadt (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

7. Time, Space and Prescriptive Marginality in Muslim Africa: Ritual and Historical Change: Lamin Sanneh (Yale Divinity School).

Part III: Unbinding Identities:.

8. History's Forgotten Doubles: Ashis Nandy (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi).

9. Identity in World History: A Postmodern Perspective: Lewis D. Wurgaft (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

Part IV: Changing Trajectories:.

10. Reflections on the End of History, Five Years Later: Francis Fukuyama (George Mason University).

11. World History, Cultural Relativism, and the Global Future: Theodore H. von Laue (Clark University).

References.

Notes.

Index.

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Philip Pomper is William F. Armstrong Professor of History at Wesleyan University. He is also Associate Editor of History and Theory. He has written primarily on the Russian revolutionary intelligentsia and on the uses of psychology in history.

Richard H. Elphick is Professor of History at Wesleyan Univeristy. He has written on the origins of white dominance in Southern Africa and on the history of Liberalism and Christianity in the region. He is currently interested in missions and Christianity in world history.

Richard T. Vann is Professor of History and letters at Wesleyan University. He is Senior Editor of History and Theory and has written on the history of family life in a world perspective.

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  • Provides focus for discussion on a key area of current debate in history
  • Suggests new ways to conceptualize and organize the study of world history
  • Comprises contributions from distinguished international scholars and public intellectuals.
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