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A Global History of History



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A global history of historical writing, thought and the development of the historical discipline from the ancient world to the present. This is a definitive guide to human efforts to recover, understand and represent the past, bringing together different historical traditions and their social, economic, political and cultural contexts. Daniel Woolf offers clear definitions of different genres and forms of history and addresses key themes such as the interactions between West and East, the conflict of oral, pictographic, and written accounts of the past and the place of history in society and in politics. Numerous textual extracts and illustrations in every chapter capture the historical cultures of past civilizations and demonstrate the different forms that historical consciousness has taken around the world. The book offers unique insights into the interconnections between different historical cultures over 3000 years and relates the rise of history to key themes in world history.

Author Biography

Daniel Woolf is Professor of History at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
List of text extractsp. xiv
List of subject boxesp. xvi
Preface and conventionsp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Introductionp. 1
Foundationsp. 23
History during the First Millennium ADp. 75
An Age of Global Violence, c. 1000 to c. 1450p. 119
History in the Early Modern Empires: Europe, China, Islamp. 177
Transatlantic Histories: Contact, conquest and cultural exchange 1450-1800p. 233
Progress and History in the Eurasian Enlightenmentsp. 281
The Broken Mirror: Nationalism, romanticism and professionalization in the nineteenth-century Westp. 345
Clio's Empire: European historiography in Asia, the Americas and Africap. 399
Babel's Tower? History in the Twentieth Centuryp. 457
Epiloguep. 509
Further readingp. 515
Indexp. 553
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