Centrifugal history

January 13 2008

Writers of “world history” tend to shift their attention from centres where things are really happening, the exciting places where collisions of energies are occurring at very close range (causes), and give it to peripheries, points of contact between widely-separated groups or societies, trade routes, explorers, pioneers, outposts, exceptions, processes of diffusion (effects).

5 Responses to “Centrifugal history”


  1. Is this a direct quote? Reference, please.

  2. davidderrick Says:

    Judith, It’s just me or of course there’d be a reference. Everything indented and greyed (for what it is worth) is me, everything else is Toynbee. The conventions are spelled out on the About page.

    Hope you’re well.

  3. davidderrick Says:

    These distinctions may be unclear if you’re reading from a feed. Feeds don’t give a post’s context. I’m against them!


  4. Thanks David. It’s clear enough when you have both direct quotes and your comments; not so clear when the whole post is greyed. I’ll look more carefully.


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