Matthew J. Lauzon

in The Oxford Handbook of World History

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199235810
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History


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This article discusses modernity, considering different aspects such as European intellectual and cultural history, global modernity, critiques of modernity, and multiple and alternate modernities. The related terms modern and modernity are notoriously wooly words with contested chronologies and debated definitions. At the most prosaic level, the words imply simply something like ‘new’ or ‘now’. Many use the term ‘modern’ in this sense as a marker of temporal discontinuity and present a variety of different dates. The field of world history, like anthropology, is a reflexive project that contributes to the articulation of modernities even as it attempts to represent them.

Keywords: cultural history; modernity; global modernity; modern; Europe; anthropology

Article.  8145 words. 

Subjects: History ; Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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