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Reorienting the discovery machine: perspectives from China and Islamdom on Toby Huff's intellectual curiosity and the scientific revolution: a global perspective

Xu, Ting and Rezakhani, Khodadad (2012) Reorienting the discovery machine: perspectives from China and Islamdom on Toby Huff's intellectual curiosity and the scientific revolution: a global perspective. Journal of World History, 23 (2). pp. 401-412. ISSN 1527-8050

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Abstract

In today's increasingly globalized world, meta-narratives covering long eras and extensive spaces while seeking to explain complex phenomena such as the divergence and convergence in living standards attract attention and interest. Toby Huff's Intel-lectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution: A Global Perspective is the latest scholarly contribution to the Great Divergence debate. Taking the issue of knowledge gen-eration, accumulation, and diffusion as its point of departure and trying to locate the Scientific Revolution in comparative global history, Huff addresses one of the lesser-discussed aspects of the aforementioned debate. This article first reviews Huff's main thesis and then offers detailed responses from the perspectives of Chinese and Middle Eastern and Islamic history. It concludes with an appraisal of Huff's approach to global history.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/t-journal-of-world-h...
Additional Information: © 2012 University of Hawai'i Press
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 10:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45784/

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