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Conclusion Historical Forms and Trends

Marcello Carmagnani

in The Other West

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520247987
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947511 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247987.003.0007
Conclusion Historical Forms and Trends

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Historians over time became wary of narrow ideological approaches and turned to the then-emerging postmodernist theories in the late 1980s. Historical study reconsidered the ability of individuals and groups to act both locally and transnationally by analyzing the interconnections at work in defining geohistorical locales. The relationship networks and the interdependencies of the human communities allow observers to bypass the determinism that is implied in world-system perspectives, its notion of European exceptionality and of the hegemony of the great powers, and also the narrow economist approach that permeates many such studies. No community ever reacts mechanically or as another community would to outside stimuli.

Keywords: postmodernist theories; geohistorical; historians; stimuli

Chapter.  4255 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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