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So a ways histories of historiography have focused virtually completely at the West. this is often the 1st ebook to supply a heritage of recent historiography from an international standpoint.

Tracing the transformation of old writings during the last and part centuries, the e-book portrays the transformation of old writings lower than the influence of professionalization, which served as a version not just for Western but in addition for a lot of non-Western historic stories. whilst it severely examines the reactions in post-modern and post-colonial idea to confirmed conceptions of medical historiography.

A major subject of the ebook is how historians within the non-Western international not just followed or tailored Western rules, but in addition explored diversified ways rooted of their personal cultures.

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14 Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, NJ, 2000). 15 Benjamin A. Elman, From Philosophy to Philology: Intellectual and Social Aspects of Change in Late Imperial China (Cambridge, MA, 1984). qxd 18 1/7/08 10:58 AM Page 18 A GLOBAL HISTORY OF MODERN HISTORIOGRAPHY 16 On-Cho Ng (1953–) stresses the East–West differences in his ‘The Epochal Concept of “Early Modernity” and the Intellectual History of Late Imperial China’, Journal of World History, 14 (2003), 37–61.

In the West, the great Greek historians, particularly Herodotus (c. 484–420 bce) and Thucydides (c. 1 The Islamic world has also been very much aware of the philosophers and the historians of the ancient Hellenic and Hellenistic world. In East Asia the influence of Confucius (c. 551–479 bce), who built and expanded on an earlier tradition of recording and writing history by the ‘shi’ (scribe/historian) on various levels of government, was felt not only in China but also in Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

However, Jones’s views were not shared by other, later commentators, many of whom were in the employ of the East India Company, such as the Utilitarian James Stuart Mill. Mill accused Orientalists like Jones of performing a disservice by presenting a glorified version of the Indian past, when, in fact, both the past and present of India had little to recommend them. The Indians were indeed at a low stage of evolution. ’71 It remained to the British to free the Indians from their primitive culture and bring them into the stream of history.

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