By Prasenjit Duara, Viren Murthy, Andrew Sartori
A better half to worldwide historic Thought offers an in-depth evaluation of the advance of historic considering from the earliest instances to the current, internationally, without delay addressing the problems of old idea in a globalized context.
- Provides an summary of the advance of historic pondering from the earliest occasions to the current, internationally, via essays written via a staff of major foreign scholars
- Complements the Companion to Western ancient Thought, putting non-Western views on historiography on the middle of the discussion
- Explores different historic traditions that experience formed the self-discipline, and the demanding situations posed through modernity and globalization
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According to this vision, Heaven was a moral deity that decided who should rule all under Heaven based upon the moral qualities of the humans in question. More specifically, Heaven would give the most moral individual in the land the mandate to rule. That mandate would be passed down from father to son until a bad ruler emerged in the dynasty. Heaven would then withdraw the A Companion to Global Historical Thought, First Edition. Edited by Prasenjit Duara, Viren Murthy and Andrew Sartori. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The oral tradition of the bards of central India and Rajasthan was recorded by James Tod and Luigi Pio Tessitori, but unfortunately not used by historians. Scripts that could no longer be read were deciphered, such as the brahmi scripts deciphered by James Prinsep. Historical monuments were identified, restored, and studied by Alexander Cunningham and others. As an attempt at revealing the sources of the past and organizing them systematically, this effort was impressive. But the interpretation of the data was restricted by the framework of colonial policy, which needed to project the colony as having been a static society dominated by despots.
Most importantly, they argued that the laws and institutions of society were created to suit human needs and were not the creation of deities. This is clearly underlined in the contractual theory that narrates the origins of government and the constitution of laws relating to family relationships and property rights. The ideological underlining of these ideas would therefore be different from that of the brahmanical texts. This is reflected in the choice and representation of events and personalities from the past.
A Companion to Global Historical Thought by Prasenjit Duara, Viren Murthy, Andrew Sartori