Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context
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Mittler, Barbara, Maissen, Thomas and Monnet, Pierre (Eds.): Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2022.

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Barbara Mittler, Thomas Maissen and Pierre Monnet (Eds.)

Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context

Many contemporary periodisation schemes have their roots in Europe, reflecting particular national religious or historiographical traditions and teleologies. As part of the colonial encounter they have been translated into new temporal authenticities in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Culturally determined as they are, these periodisation schemes are begging for systematic comparison in order to identify their contextual specificity and contingency. An interdisciplinary and transregional approach allows to work out categories of historical analysis that go beyond nation-bound interpretative patterns. In considering case studies from different parts of the world, the aim of this volume is to uncover some of the dynamics behind particular uses of periodisation schemes, as concepts for ordering the past.

Barbara Mittler came to Heidelberg as Professor of Sinology in 2004. She is co-founder of the Centre for Asian Studies and Transcultural Studies (CATS), which emerged from the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context." Her research is in the field of China's cultural history.

Thomas Maissen came to Heidelberg as Professor of Modern History in 2004. He has served as Director of the German Historical Institute in Paris since 2013. His research focuses on the history of historiography, the history of political thought, the history of mentalities and Swiss history

Pierre Monnet has been Directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris since 2005 and has headed the « Institut Franco-Allemand de Sciences Historiques et Sociales » at the Goethe University in Frankfurt between 2011 and 2022. His research focuses on the history of late medieval cities and political systems in European comparison.

Barbara Mittler, Thomas Maissen, Pierre Monnet
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An Introduction
Jörn Rüsen
The concept of the course of time (“Zeitverlaufsvorstellung”) in historical thinking
David Moshfegh
The Idea of Islamic Modernity in “Islamwissenschaft”
Justus Nipperdey
Uncovering the Paradoxical Roots of Early Modern History in American Historiography
Susynne McElrone
Analysing the Colonised Periodisation Paradox of Palestinian History
Contested Ways of Thinking Time
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An Introduction
Michael Geyer
Essaying Marshall G. S. Hodgson’s Work on Islamicate Societies and Afro-Eurasian World History
Heather Ferguson
Contesting Telos through a Sociospatial Analysis of Islamicate Chronotopes
Anubhuti Maurya
Periodisation, Historical Memory and the Imagination of the Indian Nation
Bernard D. Cooperman
The Jewish Historian as Cultural Trickster
Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Remarks on Scale and the Problem of Periodisation