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Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change (review)

Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change... journal of world history, spring 2000 Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social and Civilizational Change. Edited by johan galtung and sohail inayatullah. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1997. Pp. xii + 274. $65 (cloth). Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an attempt by the editors, Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, to define an academic discipline out of the enduring intellectual fascination with explaining the development of human society from the earliest times to well beyond our own times, and to legitimize their endeavor with intellectual biographies of historians and others who have engaged in similar activities. The result is a volume that covers--and carves out--a lot of ground, but in doing so also presupposes and imposes limitations on established academic disciplines that their practitioners may not agree to. Macrohistory is defined as diachronic and nomothetic--as opposed to synchronic and ideographic. With these four categories, each at three levels, the editors define twelve different "sciences" dealing with human conditions. The diachronic and ideographic sciences are biography at the personal level, history at the social-systems level, and world-systems history at the world-systems level, with microhistory (and genetic psychology), macrohistory, and world macrohistory as their nomothetic counterparts. The synchronic and nomothetic sciences are psychology, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 11 (1) – Mar 1, 2000

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journal of world history, spring 2000 Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social and Civilizational Change. Edited by johan galtung and sohail inayatullah. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1997. Pp. xii + 274. $65 (cloth). Macrohistory and Macrohistorians is an attempt by the editors, Johan Galtung and Sohail Inayatullah, to define an academic discipline out of the enduring intellectual fascination with explaining the development of human society from the earliest times to well beyond our own times, and to legitimize their endeavor with intellectual biographies of historians and others who have engaged in similar activities. The result is a volume that covers--and carves out--a lot of ground, but in doing so also presupposes and imposes limitations on established academic disciplines that their practitioners may not agree to. Macrohistory is defined as diachronic and nomothetic--as opposed to synchronic and ideographic. With these four categories, each at three levels, the editors define twelve different "sciences" dealing with human conditions. The diachronic and ideographic sciences are biography at the personal level, history at the social-systems level, and world-systems history at the world-systems level, with microhistory (and genetic psychology), macrohistory, and world macrohistory as their nomothetic counterparts. The synchronic and nomothetic sciences are psychology,

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 1, 2000

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