(Series World regions)
This series aims at questioning world history written in Euro-centric or Western perspectives. The individual volumes provide materials for a world history, which understands centres as stages of supra-regional importance in their manifold appearances, their changes in influence over time and their different contexts. The volumes distinguish themselves from the usual regional cultural sciences or “Area Studies” by means of main topics beyond those of individual countries or cultures. Questions of global categorization, internal differentiation and of the external relations of particular world regions are put into focus. World regions are not understood as stable geographic entities, but as spaces, which are built by shared historical experiences and interaction. These refer to whole continents, parts of continents but also larger areas, determined by an archipelago of islands or a sea. The aim is represented by an exemplary analysis of structures and everyday practices in their long-term change rather than encyclopaedic surveys.