Globalization and global history by Barry K Gills; William R Thompson PDF

By Barry K Gills; William R Thompson

1. Globalizations, worldwide histories and historic globalities / Barry okay. Gills and William R. Thompson -- 2. Globalizing background and historicizing globalization / Jerry H. Bentley -- three. the worldwide animus / Roland Robertson and David Inglis -- four. Civilizing methods and overseas societies / Andrew Linklater -- five. Globalizations / David Wilkinson -- 6. the massive cave in / Claudio Cioffi-Revilla -- 7. (Re)periphalization, (re)incorporation, frontiers and non-state societies / Thomas D. corridor -- eight. Growth/decline stages and semi-peripheral improvement within the historic Mesopotamian and Egyptian world-systems / Christopher Chase-Dunn ... [et al.] -- nine. Early Iron Age fiscal growth and contraction revisited / Andre Gunder Frank and William R. Thompson -- 10. darkish a while / Sing C. bite -- eleven. 3 steps in globalization / Joachim Karl Rennstitch -- 12. Globalization started in 1571 / Dennis O. Flynn and Arturo Giráldez -- thirteen. Colonies in a globalizing financial system, 1815-1948 / Patrick Karl O'Brien

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Some scholars even wear their Eurocentrism proudly on their sleeves like some badge of honour (Landes 1998). Yet, even if it is possible to avoid crude formulations, more subtle forms of Eurocentrism are difficult to recognize and reject. Samir Amin (1989) and Arif Dirlik (1999) have both argued powerfully that Eurocentrism is not an attitude that is alterable at will so much as a perspective on the world rooted in the political economy of global capitalism, while Dipesh Chakrabarty (2000) has charged that, because of its collusion with the national state and European modernity, academic history itself is a thoroughly Eurocentric project.

These reasons have to do with the context in which professional historical scholarship developed. Yet, to the extent that historical scholarship makes claims to understand the world and its development through time, both projects are necessary and essential. During the past 150 years of professional historical scholarship, historians have proved to be quite adept at historicizing all manner of social and cultural constructions. They have historicized political institutions, social structures, cultural traditions, religious beliefs, technological innovations and even human emotions.

All the macrotheories collapse on empirical grounds and, in oversimplifying the world’s diversity, they grotesquely distort the experiences of many peoples. Moreover, most of them also depend heavily on some strain of exceptionalist thought or discredited metanarrative. Globalizing history and historicizing globalization 25 Thus, it is clear that no single narrative or metanarrative or macrotheory will accommodate all the multiplicity and variety of world history, which calls with particular insistence for a vision of the past that recognizes both heterogeneity and the systems that link heterogeneous peoples, a vision that can account for both fragmentation and integration on multiple levels—local, regional, national, continental, hemispheric, oceanic, global and perhaps others as well.

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