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Re-Mapping Centre and Periphery

Asymmetrical Encounters in European and Global Contexts

1st Edition

Distributed for UCL Press

Re-Mapping Centre and Periphery

Asymmetrical Encounters in European and Global Contexts

1st Edition

Historians often assume a one-directional transmission of knowledge and ideas, leading to the establishment of spatial hierarchies defined as centers and peripheries. In recent decades, transnational and global historians have contributed to a more inclusive understanding of intellectual and cultural exchanges that profoundly challenges the ways we draw our mental maps.

Covering the early modern and modern periods, Re-Mapping Centre and Periphery investigates the asymmetrical and multidirectional structure of such encounters within Europe as well as in a global context. The international team of contributors demonstrates how, as products of human agency, center and periphery are conditioned by mutual dependencies. Rather than representing absolute categories of analysis, they are subjective constructions determined by a constantly changing discursive context. Through its analysis, the volume develops and implements a conceptual framework for remapping centers and peripheries, based on conceptual history and discourse history.

208 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents


1. Space and Asymmetric Difference in Historical Perspective: An Introduction
Axel Körner


2. Rethinking Centre and Periphery in Historical Analysis: Land-based Modernization as an Alternative Model from the Peripheries
Marta Petrusewicz

3. Europe and the Concept of Margin
Jan Ifversen

4. After Identity: Mentalities, European Asymmetries and the Digital Turn
Joris van Eijnatten

Globalizing Peripheries

5. From the Baltic to the Pacific: Trade, Shipping and Exploration on the Shores of the Russian Empire
Michael North

6. Republics of Knowledge: Interpreting the World from Latin America
Nicola Miller

7. From Manchester and Lille to the World: Nineteenth Century Provincial Cities Conceptualize Their Place in the Global Order
Harry Stopes

Ideas and Commodities in Motion

8. Turning Constitutional History Upside Down: The 1820s Revolutions in the Mediterranean
Jens Späth

9. The Cosmopolitan Morphology of the National Discourse: Italy as a European Centre of Intellectual Modernity
Alessandro de Arcangelis

10. ‘The Greatest City the World has ever seen’: London’s Imperial and European Contexts in British public debates, 1870–1900
Tessa Hauswedell

11. Mediating Hybrids: Consumption and Transnationality
Hermione Giffard


Remapping Centre and Periphery: Concluding thoughts
Ulrich Tiedau"

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