comparative history


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comparative history

the use of comparisons, and the examination of similarities and differences, between historical societies, with the aim of achieving greater understanding of the causal influences at work in particular or general cases (e.g. in the origins of capitalism, or in the origins and general nature of feudalism). Comparative history is often closely akin to HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY. See also COMPARATIVE METHOD, ANNALES SCHOOL.
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Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History
It is difficult to assign these learned and specialized essays in most undergraduate courses, but they are valuable for graduate students in history, religion, comparative history, and medieval studies.
Colonisation: A Comparative Study of India and Korea is an edited volume of comparative history, with twenty essays comparing colonial experiences in the two countries.
This volume has adopted a broad understanding of transnationalism as a continuation of comparative history and places the emphasis on the transnational perspective of the scholar as much as on the object of enquiry.
This changed when the International Comparative Literature Association, founded in 1955, established in 1967 a Coordinating Committee with the charge to publish a series with the somewhat curious title "A Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages.
Europe on Trial: The Story of Collaboration, Resistance, and Retribution During World War II comes from a historian who provides the comparative history of the three elements in the Western and Eastern European countries that suffered under German rule, and makes for an engrossing probe into the decisions made by political figures and individual citizens during this period.
In 1981, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, the distinguished Protestant historian of Islam, opened his magisterial work, Towards a World Theology: Faith and the Comparative History of Religion, by evoking this tale and arguing that global theology must understand religious communities in terms of their mutual relationships and repeated borrowings.
Questioning Science in East Asian Contexts: Essays on Science, Confucianism, and the Comparative History of Science
The purpose of this essay is to examine what role comparative history can play in the future of ancient history.
As a contribution to the comparative history of the book, Freedman's research provides a rich cultural context of relevance to literary history, especially concerning the painfully slow shipment of books on the tariff-clogged Rhine, and the effects that German political and legal fragmentation had on censorship regimes, which were easier to circumvent than in centralized France.
White's well-written comparative history underlines the need to understand the wider context of industrial and economic development as we examine the intersections of people, corporations, and communities.
Kenneth Campbell, a professor of History at Monmouth University in New Jersey, has written an appealing, thoughtful, and much needed comparative history text, which would work well in any first-year college-level history course on Western Civilization.

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