Is the history of the modern world the history of Europe writ large? Or is it possible to situate the history of modernity as a world historical process apart from its origins in Western Europe? In Part One of this posthumous collection of essays, Marshall G.S. Hodgson, a former professor of history at the University of Chicago, challenges adherents of both Eurocentrism and multiculturalism to rethink the place of Europe in world history. He argues that the line that connects Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance to modern times is an optical illusion, and that a global and Asia-centered history can better locate the European experience in the shared histories of humanity. In Part Two of the work Hodgson shifts the focus and in a parallel move seeks to locate the history of Islamic civilization in a world historical framework. Finally, in Part Three he argues that in the end there is but one historyglobal historyand that all partial or privileged accounts must necessarily be resituated in a world historical context. The book also includes an introduction by the editor, Edmund Burke III, contextualizing Hodgson's work in world history and Islamic history.
Table of Contents
Editor's preface; Introduction: Marshall G. S. Hodgson and world history Edmund Burke, III; Part I. Europe in a global context: 1. The interrelations of societies in history; 2. In the center of the map: nations see themselves as the hub of history; 3. World history and world outlook; 4. The great Western Transmutation; 5. Historical method in civilizational studies; 6. On doing world history; Part II. Islam in a global context: 7. The role of Islam in world history; 8. Cultural patterning in Islamdom and the Occident; 9. The unity of later Islamic history; 10. Modernity and the Islamic heritage; Part III. The discipline of world history: 11. The objectivity of large-scale historical inquiry: its peculiar limits and requirements; 12. Conditions of historical comparison among ages and regions: the limitations of their validity; 13. Interregional studies as integrating the historical disciplines: the practical implications of an interregional orientation for scholars and for the public; Conclusion: Islamic history as world history: Marshall G. S. Hodgson and The Venture of Islam, Edmund Burke, III.