Time and History: The Variety of Cultures

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Jörn Rüsen
Berghahn Books, Jan 30, 2008 - History - 262 pages
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This series aims at bridging the gap between historical theory and the study of historical memory as well as western and non-western concepts, for which this volume offers a particularly good example. It explores cultural differences in conceptualizing time and history in countries such as China, Japan, and India as well as pre-modern societies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part ITime
5
Ch 1Making sense of time
7
Ch 2Concepts of time in traditional cultures
19
Ch 3Time ritual and rhythm in Dimodonko
35
Ch 4Time concepts in China
44
Ch 5Aspects of Zeitdenken in the inscriptions in premodern India
65
Ch 6Interpretations of time in Islam
85
Ch 9Competing visions of history in internal Islamic discourse and IslamicWeatern dialogue
135
Ch 10Cultural plurality contending memories and concerns of comparative history
151
Ch 11Politics of historical sense generation
169
Ch 12Communalism nationalism secularism
179
Ch 13The search for scholarly identity
200
Ch 14History and cultural identity
212
Bibliography
224
Notes on the contributors
241

Ch 7Constructions of time in the literature of modernity
93
Part IIHistory
107
Ch 8History culture and the quest for organism
109

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About the author (2008)

Jörn Rüsen was Professor of Modern History at the Universities of Bochum and Bielefeld for many years. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Executive Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Study (Zif). Since 1997 he has been President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Essen and Professor for General History and Historical Culture at the University of Witten-Herdecke.

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