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Introduction: history from between and the global circulations of the past in Asia and Europe, 1600-1950

Jenco, Leigh K. and Chappell, Jonathan (2020) Introduction: history from between and the global circulations of the past in Asia and Europe, 1600-1950. Historical Journal. ISSN 0018-246X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0018246X19000633


This article argues for a ‘history from between’ as the best lens through which to understand the construction of historical knowledge between East Asia and Europe. ‘Between’ refers to the space framed by East Asia and Europe, but also to the global circulations of ideas in that space, and to the subjective feeling of embeddedness in larger-than-local contexts that being in such a space makes possible. Our contention is that the outcomes of such entanglements are not merely reactive forms of knowledge, of the kind implied by older studies of translation and reception in global intellectual history. Instead they are themselves ‘co-productions’: they are the shared and mutually interactive inputs to enduring modes of uses of the past, across both East Asian and European traditions. Taking seriously the possibility that interpretations of the past were not transferred, but rather were co-produced between East Asia and Europe, we reconstruct the braided histories of historical narratives that continue to shape constructions of identity throughout Eurasia.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:40

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