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Across Cultural Borders : Historiography in Global Perspective - Eckhardt Fuchs

Across Cultural Borders

Historiography in Global Perspective

By: Eckhardt Fuchs (Editor), Benedikt Stuchtey (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th January 2002
ISBN: 9780742517684
Number Of Pages: 432

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This innovative work offers the first comprehensive transcultural history of historiography. The contributors transcend a Eurocentric approach not only in terms of the individual historiographies they assess, but also in the methodologies they use for comparative analysis. Moving beyond the traditional national focus of historiography, the book offers a genuinely comparative consideration of the commonalities and differences in writing history. Distinguishing among distinct cultural identities, the contributors consider the ways and means of intellectual transfers and assess the strength of local historiographical traditions as they are challenged from outside. The essays explore the question of the utility and the limits of conceptions of modernism that apply Western theories of development to non-Western cultures. Warning against the dominant tendency in recent historiographies of non-Western societies to define these predominantly in relation to Western thought, the authors show the extent to which indigenous traditions have been overlooked. The key question is how the triad of industrialization, modernization, and the historicization process, which was decisive in the development of modern academic historiography, also is valid beyond Europe. Illustrating just how deeply suffused history writing is with European models, the book offers a broad theoretical platform for exploring the value and necessity of a world historiography beyond Eurocentrism.

Ambitious in conception and rich in content, these essays on history writing around the world break the usual quarantines of national history by joining considerations of Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America within one useful and thought-provoking volume.--Carol Gluck, Columbia University

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Provincializing Europe: Historiography as a Transcultural Conceptp. 1
Historiography and Cultural Identity
The Authenticity of a Copy: Problems of Nineteenth-Century Spanish-American Historiographyp. 29
In Search of Lost Identity: South Africa between Great Trek and Colonial Nationalism, 1830-1910p. 53
India's Connection to History: The Discipline and the Relation between Center and Peripheryp. 75
Historiography on a "Continent without History": Anglophone West Africa, 1880s-1940sp. 99
Alternative National Histories in Japan: Yamaji Aizan and Academic Historiographyp. 119
Across Cultural Borders
German Historicism and Scientific History in China, 1900-1940p. 141
Transfer and Interaction: France and Francophone African Historiographyp. 163
The Historical Discipline in the United States: Following the German Model?p. 183
The Politics of the Republic of Learning: International Scientific Congresses in Europe, the Pacific Rim, and Latin Americap. 205
Beyond Eurocentrism: The Politics of History in a Global Age
History without a Center? Reflections on Eurocentrismp. 247
Africa and the Construction of a Grand Narrative in World Historyp. 285
"Modernity" and "Asia" in the Study of Chinese Historyp. 309
Comparing Cultures in Intercultural Communicationp. 335
Indexp. 349
About the Contributorsp. 359
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ISBN: 9780742517684
ISBN-10: 0742517683
Series: Pacific Formations: Global Relations in Asian and Pacific Perspectives
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 28th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48