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José Rabasa, Masayuki Sato, Edoardo Tortarolo, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199219179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199219179.001.0001

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European Historiography on the East

European Historiography on the East

(p.536) Chapter 26 European Historiography on the East
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Diogo Ramada Curto

Oxford University Press

A major feature of early modern historiography in its later decades was the increasing inclusion of the non-European past within its patterns of explanation. This chapter focuses on how European historical writing on Asia fits within this framework. It argues that any exercise to sum up what was the general meaning of European histories regarding the East faces two main problems. On the one hand, it is necessary to analyse the different languages, systems of classification, and main themes used in different periods. On the other hand, any analytical exercise oriented towards the interpretation of the same histories should be concerned with a series of external factors, from the determinations of the book market to the different forms of engagement in political projects of conquest and European supremacy.

Keywords:   European historical writing, historiography, Asia, European history

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