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Western Historical Thinking
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What is history - a question historians have been asking themselves time and again. Does "history" as an academic discipline, as it has evolved in the West over the centuries, represent a specific mode of historical thinking that can be defined in contrast to other forms of historical consciousness? In this volume, Peter Burke, a prominent "Western" historian, offers ten hypotheses that attempt to constitute specifically "Western Historical Thinking". Scholars from Asia and Africa comment on his position in the light of their own ideas of the sense and meaning of historical thinking. The volume is rounded off by Peter Burke's comments on the questions and issues raised by the authors and his suggestions for the way forward towards a common ground for intercultural communication.
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Preface to the Series Jorn Rusen Introduction: Historical Thinking as Intercultural Discourse Jorn Rusen PART I: THESES Chapter 1. Western Historical Thinking in a Global Perspective - 10 Theses Peter Burke PART II: COMMENTS Chapter 2. General Comments Perspectives in Historical Anthropology Klaus E. Muller Chapter 3. Searching for Common Principles: A Plea and Some Remarks on the Islamic Tradition Tarif Khalidi Chapter 4. The Coherence of the West Aziz Al-Azmeh Chapter 4. The Peculiarity of the West Toward an Archaeology of Historical Thinking Francois Hartog Chapter 5. Trauma and Suffering: A Forgotten Source of Western Historical Consciousness Frank R.Ankersmit Chapter 6. Western Deep Culture and Western Historical Thinking Johan Galtung Chapter 7. What is Uniquely Western about the Historiography of the West in Contrast to that of China? Georg G. Iggers Chapter 8. The Westernization of World History Hayden White Chapter 9. The Perspective of the Others Western Historical Thinking from an Arabian Perspective Sadik J. Al-Azm Chapter 10. Cognitive Historiography and Normative Historiography Masayuki Sato Chapter 11. Western Uniqueness? Some Counterarguments from an African Perspective Godfrey Muriuki Chapter 12. Programs for Historians: A Western Perspective Mamadou Diawara Chapter 13. The Difference of the Others Reflections on Chinese Historical Thinking Ying-shih Yu Chapter 14. Must History Follow Rational Patterns of Interpretation? Critical Questions from a Chinese Perspective Thomas H.C. Lee Chapter 15. Some Reflections on Early Indian Historical Thinking Romila Thapar PART III: AFTERWORD Peter Burke

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Jorn Rusen was Professor of Modern History at the Universities of Bochum and Bielefeld for many years. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF). Since 1997 he has been President of the Institute for Cultural Studies in Essen.

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... a remarkably stimulating production, full of insights and observations that cannot fail to inform and illuminate. Although it would be an ideal text for the graduate seminar, it will prove valuable to anyone interested in the uses of the past.A" * Clio ... [an] engaging, sophisticated and scrupulous study ... a strongly recommended, introspective and thoughtful compilation which would enhance any personal or academic philosophy or history collection.A" * Midwest Book Review "... a strongly recommended, introspective and thoughtful compilation which would enhance any personal or academic Philosophy or History collection." * The Bookwatch

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