- The Task of World History
- Theories of World History since the Enlightenment
- World Environmental History
- Nomadic pastoralism
- States, State Transformation, and War
- Religions and World History
- Technology, Engineering, and Science
- Advanced Agriculture
- Trade across Eurasia to about 1750
- Biological Exchanges in World History
- Cultural Exchanges in World History
- Pre-modern Empires
- Modern Imperialism
- East Asia and Central Eurasia
- South Asia and Southeast Asia
- The Middle East in World History
- Africa in World History: The Long, Long View
- Europe and Russia in World History
- Mediterranean History
- The Americas, 1450–2000
- The Atlantic Ocean Basin
- Oceania and Australasia
- The pacific Ocean Basin to 1850
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses modernity, considering different aspects such as European intellectual and cultural history, global modernity, critiques of modernity, and multiple and alternate modernities. The related terms modern and modernity are notoriously wooly words with contested chronologies and debated definitions. At the most prosaic level, the words imply simply something like ‘new’ or ‘now’. Many use the term ‘modern’ in this sense as a marker of temporal discontinuity and present a variety of different dates. The field of world history, like anthropology, is a reflexive project that contributes to the articulation of modernities even as it attempts to represent them.
Matthew J. Lauzon is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawai`i.
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