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Eurocentrism and the Politics of Global History


  • Offers an overview of the history of global history, examining the structural dynamics that have produced various approaches to history writing

  • Written by a leading historian

  • Draws upon a broad range of scholarship in English, French, German and Russian


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 1-19
  3. Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 59-90
  4. Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 117-143
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 149-153

About this book


Global history locates national histories in the context of broader processes, in which the West is not necessarily synonymous with progress. And yet it often suffers from the same Eurocentrism that plagues national history, accepting Western categories and values uncritically and largely ignoring non-English historiographies. Alessandro Stanziani examines these tensions and asks what global history is and ought to be. Drawing upon a wide array of sources, he historicizes global history writing from the sixteenth century onwards, tracing the forces of revolution, globalization, totalitarianism, colonization, decolonization and the Cold War. By considering global history in the context of a longue durée, multipolar perspective, this book assesses the strengths and limits of the field, and clarifies what is at stake.


History writing Cosmopolitanism Nationalism Eurocentrism History and memory connected history globalization world history the Annales school colonial archives periodization early modern historiography

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.EHESS and CNRSParisFrance

About the authors

Alessandro Stanziani is Professor of Global History at EHESS and Senior Researcher at CNRS, France.

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