journal of world history, december 2004 tures built into societies) on the other, politics and the state play a disappointingly small role in both of these books. Complexity in history is admittedly difficult to convey clearly. But whether the task is explaining the varying patterns of gunpowder usage and development or building a model of the interactions of war and culture, incorporating more factors makes not for a less elegant theory but for a more nuanced and powerful one. Both these books are valuable, and are better together than singly, given their complementary weaknesses. But neither is complete or entirely satisfactory. stephen morillo Wabash College History at the Limit of World-History. By ranajit guha. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. 116 + ix pp. $24.50 (cloth). This slender book grew out of a series of lectures delivered by Ranajit Guha, one of the founding members of the Subaltern Studies Collective, at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University. In this latest book he strives to show philosophy's complicity with colonialism and its forms of knowledge. For this reason he takes the German philosopher Georg Hegel and his conception of "World-History" (Weltgeschichte) to task for
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