Interview über die Globalgeschichte mit Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad (Berlin)

Kulke, Tilmann; von Brescius, Moritz Hans (2013). Interview über die Globalgeschichte mit Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad (Berlin). Zeitenblicke - online-Journal Geschichtswissenschaft, 12(1) Historisches Seminar - Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, Universität Köln

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The interview with one of the leading global historians in the German-speaking world, the Berlin-based Professor Sebastian Conrad, deals with the history, analytical innovations, and also problems of writing 'global history'. More specifically, Conrad compares this perspective with other competing approaches beyond the national framework (like transnational history), and critically analyses the potential of global history to overcome the historiographically established dichotomy between the 'west and the rest'. Here, he addresses pitfalls and problems of the still unsettled 'great divergence' debate, and also critically reflects on the question how globally is global history actually written today, and to what extent is it informed through the Anglo-Saxon cultural and lingual dominance. Lastly, Sebastian Conrad points to those fields that in his opinion will attract much attention in the coming years – such as the discussion of 'early modernities' in other world regions, which are not understood as a diffusion of European norms and values. Here, according to Conrad, the main problem will be not to construct parallel paths of historical progress, which are then ultimately culminating in a (previously defined) 'modernity'. Otherwise, processes of rationalisation, individualisation, and 'disenchantment' would remain the implicit categories of analysis, thus preventing the analysis of autochthonous processes of 'modernisation' in different parts of the world.

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Institute of History, Modern and Contemporary History

UniBE Contributor:

von Brescius, Moritz Hans


900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe
900 History > 950 History of Asia
900 History > 960 History of Africa
900 History > 970 History of North America
900 History > 980 History of South America




Historisches Seminar - Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, Universität Köln




Moritz Hans von Brescius

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30 Sep 2019 12:57

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05 Dec 2022 15:24




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