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World History: Ideologies, Structures, and Identities



World History: Ideologies, Structures, and Identities

Philip Pomper (Editor), Richard H. Elphick (Editor), Richard T. Vann (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20898-3 August 1998 Wiley-Blackwell 296 Pages



World history is currently one of the most exciting areas of discussion amongst historians.

List of Contributors vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: The Theory and Practice of World History 1
Philip Pomper

Part 1 Mapping the Field

1 The Changing Shape of World History 21
William H. McNeill

2 Crossing Boundaries: Ecumenical, World, and Global History 41
Bruce Mazlish

3 Periodizing World History 53
William A. Green

Part II Rethinking Structure, Agency, and Ideology

4 The World-System Perspective in the Construction of Economic History 69
Janet Lippman Abu-Lughod

5 Bringing Ideas and Agency Back In: Representation and the Comparative Approach to World History 81
Michael Adas

6 World Histories and the Construction of Collective Identities 105
S. N. Eisenstadt

Part II Unbinding Identities

8 History’s Forgotten Doubles 159
Ashis Nandy

9 Identify in World History: A Postmodern Perspective 179
Lewis D. Wurgaft

Part IV Charting Trajectories

10 World History, Cultural Relativism, and the Global Future 217
Theodore H. Von Laue

Notes 235

Index 272

  • 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.