Historians often assume a one-directional transmission of knowledge and ideas, leading to the establishment of spatial hierarchies defined as centres and peripheries. In recent decades, transnational and global history have contributed to a more inclusive understanding of intellectual and cultural exchanges that profoundly challenged the ways in which we draw our mental maps.
Covering the early modern and modern periods, Re-Mapping Centre and Periphery investigates the asymmetrical and multi-directional structure of such encounters within Europe as well as in a global context. Exploring subjects from the shores of the Russian Empire to nation-making in Latin America, the international team of contributors demonstrates how, as products of human agency, centre and periphery are conditioned by mutual dependencies; rather than representing absolute categories of analysis, they are subjective constructions determined by a constantly changing discursive context.
Through its analysis, the volume develops and implements a conceptual framework for remapping centres and peripheries, based on conceptual history and discourse history. As such, it will appeal to a wide variety of historians, including transnational, cultural and intellectual, and historians of early modern and modern periods.
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Table of Contents
Space and Asymmetric Difference in Historical Perspective: An Introduction
Rethinking Centre and Periphery in Historical Analysis: Land-based Modernization as an Alternative Model from the Peripheries
Europe and the Concept of Margin
After Identity: Mentalities, European Asymmetries and the Digital Turn
From the Baltic to the Pacific: Trade, Shipping and Exploration on the Shores of the Russian Empire
Republics of Knowledge: Interpreting the World from Latin America
From Manchester and Lille to the World: Nineteenth Century Provincial Cities Conceptualize Their Place in the Global Order
Turning Constitutional History Upside Down: The 1820s Revolutions in the Mediterranean
The Cosmopolitan Morphology of the National Discourse: Italy as a European Centre of Intellectual Modernity
'The Greatest City the World has ever seen': London's Imperial and European Contexts in British public debates, 1870-1900
Mediating Hybrids: Consumption and Transnationality