Category Archives: East and West

Competing Approaches to Modern World History, Part II: The Case of Europe’s Late Take-off

This week my graduate students and I explored a new front in the battle over modern world history. To recap the first installment in this series: David Landes argues for the cultural factors that explain European economic success in the … Continue reading

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What Makes History?

My last posting discussed the education of a historian (with a nod to my first historian-mentors; there would be many more to come). I ended with one of the most important– and least appreciated– reasons for studying history: to challenge … Continue reading

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