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Writing the History of the GlobalChallenges for the Twenty-First Century$
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Maxine Berg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265321

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265321.001.0001

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Problems in global history

Problems in global history

(p.21) 2 Problems in global history
Writing the History of the Global

David Washbrook

British Academy

The long periodization of global history puts notions of the modern under scrutiny. Global history challenges us to convert our understanding of Europe from a ‘knowing subject’ into much more of an object of that history. If the global history of the ‘British’ Industrial Revolution takes us to China, on the one side, and the Americas, on the other, by what rights does it deserve, any longer, to be described as ‘British’? How successful has global history been, thus far, at finding or erecting signposts to a new, and significantly different historical understanding of the past?

Keywords:   historical periods, post-structuralism, meta narratives, causation, Industrial Revolution

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