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Global History, Area Studies, and the Idea of Europe

Alessandro Stanziani
EHESS and CNRS, Paris
Bio
Giovanni Maria Cassini, Globo terrestre, in Nuovo atlante geografico universale delineato sulle ultime osservazioni (Rome, 1790). © 2000 by Cartography Associates, under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence.
Published February 3, 2021
Keywords
  • History writing,
  • Eurocentrism,
  • Empire,
  • nation,
  • civilisation
How to Cite
Stanziani, A. (2021). Global History, Area Studies, and the Idea of Europe. Cromohs - Cyber Review of Modern Historiography. https://doi.org/10.36253/cromohs-12562

Abstract

In most history departments on the European continent Europe is History while the history of other regions only can be described as “area studies.” This paper investigates the long-term origins of these attitudes, since Humanism and the Enlightenment, down to Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries forms of history writing. It finally suggests to overcome area studies and decentralise social sciences.

 

Image Caption: Giovanni Maria Cassini, Globo terrestre, in Nuovo atlante geografico universale delineato sulle ultime osservazioni (Rome, 1790). © 2000 by Cartography Associates, under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence.