The influential readings contained in this volume combine conceptual history - the history of words and languages - and global history, showing clearly how the two disciplines can benefit from a combined approach. The readings familiarize the reader with conceptual history and its relationship with global history, looking at transfers between nations and languages as well as the ways in which world-views are created and transported through language.
Part One: Classical Texts presents the three foundational texts for conceptual history, giving the reader a grasp of the origins of the discipline. Part Two: Challenges focuses on critiques of the approach and explores their ongoing relevance today. Part Three: Translations of Concepts provides examples of conceptual history in practice, via case studies of historical research with a global scope. Finally, the book's concluding essay examines the current state and the future potential of conceptual history.
This original introduction provides the students of conceptual, global and intellectual history with a firm grasp of the past trajectories of conceptual history as well as its more recent global and transnational tendencies, and the promises and challenges of writing global history.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 731 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
Moving from classic essays on the contours of conceptual history to the prospect of the globalization of this approach - and challenges it must surmount - this excellent volume provides readers a superlative introduction to how a field is adapting itself for a new historiographical moment. Margrit Pernau and Dominic Sachsenmaier deserve considerable thanks for so artfully curating a collection that will inform scholars and educate students about what makes Reinhart Koselleck's Begriffsgeschichte distinctive, just as it will prompt them to reflect on whether the approach is up to the challenge of a necessarily multilingual global space. * Samuel Moyn, Harvard University, USA, and coeditor, Global Intellectual History *
Global Conceptual History provides an essential foundation for realizing the transnational and global potential of the field. From key discussions of methodology by Koselleck and Reichhardt to finely researched investigations of the history of concepts in the Middle East, South Asia, and elsewhere, the collection makes the case that conceptual history should be conducted on a global scale with the problem of translation at its heart. * Christopher L. Hill, University of Michigan, USA *
This volume offers compelling confirmation of the coming of age of conceptual history which, although a branch of study that emanated from Europe, has now become truly transnational. The transfer, modification, and redescription of concepts-through the languages in which they are embedded-shape both vernacular and professional interpretations of social and political realities across cultures and through time. The editors are to be congratulated for assembling an excellent collection of essays that combine the theoretical roots of conceptual history with illuminating case-studies. It is an important and highly recommended introduction to the increasing variety and subtlety of the field. * Michael Freeden, University of Oxford, UK *