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Notes on World History and Maritime History

Notes on World History and Maritime History Asian Review of World Histories 3:1 (January 2015), 137-151 © 2015 The Asian Association of World Historians doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12773/arwh.2015.3.1.137 Review Article Michael N. PEARSON Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia mnpearson@ozemail.com.au WORLD HISTORY The modern notion of “world history” is a relatively new, and still largely misunderstood, concept. Yet it is very much on the scholar- ly agenda today. Perhaps confusingly, world history does not aim to deal with everywhere on our globe. Nor is it all the history of all of the world, just as world music is not the music of the whole world. Political economists, especially those associated with Im- manuel Wallerstein’s concept of world-systems, have for long been explicitly writing “world history.” Over forty years ago Wallerstein introduced the notion of the Modern World-System, which did not incorporate the whole globe until late in the nineteenth century. 138 | ASIAN REVIEW OF WORLD HISTORIES 3:1 (JANUARY 2015) Before this, he uses the terminology of “a ‘world’ system, not be- cause it encompasses the whole world, but because it is larger than any juridically-defined political unit.” So also with the less explicit- ly economist “world historians” and their mouthpieces, notably the Journal of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Review of World Histories Brill

Notes on World History and Maritime History

Asian Review of World Histories , Volume 3 (1): 15 – Jun 29, 2015

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Asian Review of World Histories 3:1 (January 2015), 137-151 © 2015 The Asian Association of World Historians doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12773/arwh.2015.3.1.137 Review Article Michael N. PEARSON Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia mnpearson@ozemail.com.au WORLD HISTORY The modern notion of “world history” is a relatively new, and still largely misunderstood, concept. Yet it is very much on the scholar- ly agenda today. Perhaps confusingly, world history does not aim to deal with everywhere on our globe. Nor is it all the history of all of the world, just as world music is not the music of the whole world. Political economists, especially those associated with Im- manuel Wallerstein’s concept of world-systems, have for long been explicitly writing “world history.” Over forty years ago Wallerstein introduced the notion of the Modern World-System, which did not incorporate the whole globe until late in the nineteenth century. 138 | ASIAN REVIEW OF WORLD HISTORIES 3:1 (JANUARY 2015) Before this, he uses the terminology of “a ‘world’ system, not be- cause it encompasses the whole world, but because it is larger than any juridically-defined political unit.” So also with the less explicit- ly economist “world historians” and their mouthpieces, notably the Journal of

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Published: Jun 29, 2015

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