Welcome at World Historians

This is a website on the history of the writing of world history. The history of the world has been written and rewritten in many different shapes and forms, which hugely vary between different periods, cultures, and authors. This website explores the manifold approaches to the writing of world history and seeks the historical roots of these diverse perspectives of world history.

This website consists of two main parts. The first is a history of world history, consisting of several small chapters that can be read in isolation, but together compose a broader account of the development of world history writing. The second is (what is to become) a series of articles on specific cases related to the writing of world history. These may be elaborations of elements mentioned in the history of world history, but have to be read as independent articles.

This website is very much a work in progress. As it stands, the part on the history of world history does barely go into works from after 1945. Another prominent omission is the absence of discussions about non-Western historiography. In its current form the history of world history on this website almost solely considers works and authors from what Eckhardt Fuchs refers to as “the four historiographical centers of the West”, which are Germany, France, Great Britain, and the United States.[1] As work on this website proceeds, I strive to correct this imbalance and compose an account with a broader temporal, geographical, and cultural scope.

[1] Eckhardt Fuchs, ‘Conceptions of Scientific History in the Nineteenth-Century West,’ in: Q. Edward Wang and Georg G. Iggers (eds.), Turning Points in Historiography: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (The University of Rochester Press, 2002) 147.

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