Toward Creation of a New World History

Toward Creation of a New World History

Haneda Masashi
Translated by Noda Makito

Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-86658-023-4 | 200 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2018


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About the Book

Today, as globalization deepens daily and the world becomes increasingly integrated, the time has come to revise the conventional Euro-centric view on world history. Haneda Masashi has been exploring for several years now how best to create a new world history. The world history that we learn and understand today is already out of step with the times. Therefore, it is imperative to envisage a new world history that is suitable to our own time.

What description of history, then, is appropriate for our contemporary times? To answer this question, the author first reviews what kind of perception we have of world history and what is wrong with it. Subsequently, he looks into what is the new world history that is called for and how it can be created. Haneda finds that more and more people are behaving with an awareness of themselves as inhabitants of this earth, willing to mutually transcend differences of views so as to defend this one and only earth of ours and let people the world over live more peacefully and happily.

On the basis of these soul-searching explorations, the author comes to propose a world history for inhabitants of the earth from the viewpoint of “there is one world.”

About the Author

HANEDA Masashi
Haneda Masashi is executive vice president of the University of Tokyo and a professor of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA) at the University of Tokyo, and his field of specialty is global and world history. Born in 1953, Haneda earned his B.A. and M.A. at Kyoto University, and Doctorat de troisième cycle (Ph.D.) at Université de Paris III in 1983. He served as Associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Tachibana Women’s College (present-day Kyoto Tachibana University), visiting scholar at CNRS (France) and the University of Cambridge, associate professor at IASA in 1989, professor at IASA in 1997, director of IASA 2009–12, and vice president of the University of Tokyo 2012–15 before assuming his current position. He is the author of Le chāh et les Qizilbāš (K. Schwarz, 1987), and editor of Islamic Urban Studies (Kegan Paul, 1994). His publication in the Japanese language include Isuramu sekai no sōzō [Creating the notion of the Islamic world] (University of Tokyo Press, 2005); Iwanami Isuramu jiten [Iwanami dictionary of Islam] (editor, Iwanami Shoten, 2002); Mosuku ga kataru Isuramushi [Islamic history as told by Mosques] (Chuo Koronsha, 1994); and Higashi Indo Gaisha to ajia no umi [East India Companies and Asian water] (Kodansha, 2007).