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Jan Ifversen

events must be highlighted. Even catastrophes must be explained. This is where the historian’s narrative differs from other discourses on time. Koselleck forcefully showed how the Enlightenment thinkers imaginatively canceled out the crisis through a

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Randolph Roth

Enlightenment, a movement that represents in Pinker’s opinion what humanity can achieve at its best. 3 The “civilization thesis” has been embraced by many historians of violence since Elias first articulated it in the 1930s. But Pinker has made a valuable

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Juliano Fiori

. These endeavors are arguably compatible with the exigencies of Enlightenment reason itself. But, though I recognize Eurocentrism as an expression of white identity politics, I am wary of the notion that individual self-identification with a particular

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The Schoolboy Sports Story

A Phenomenon and a Period Distinctive in the Cultural History of America

R.W. (Bob) Reising

validated that enlightenment cannot escape any reader poring over its carefully crafted pages. While not a perfect book, it is, clearly, a valuable one. Part One traces the evolution of Patten from a self-confessed “insecure boy” (3) to an accomplished

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Uncanny History

Temporal Topology in the Post-Ottoman World

Charles Stewart

to linear time ( Rosenberg and Grafton 2010: 244 ). The concept of ‘the uncanny’ reflects a further stage in the naturalization of linear temporal thought and also the effects of parallel Enlightenment tenets, such as objectivity (the value of

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Imagining Futures of Energy

Views from Central Asia

Markus S. Schulz

to have taken place in Central Asia. Despite low expectations about the enlightenment potential of what Walter Benjamin analyzed as “pilgrimage sites to the commodity fetish,” 3 this specialized expo on future energy seemed to offer at least some

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Conjunctures and Convergences

Remaking the World Cultures Displays at the National Museum of Scotland

Henrietta Lidchi

cultural citizenship in a context of a renewed debate about Enlightenment ideals and universalism, prompted by large metropolitan museums in London. To situate the developments, this article begins with an episodic historiography of the National Museum of

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Tax Beyond the Social Contract

Nicolette Makovicky and Robin Smith

, tracing the roots of our current association of fiscal policy with the social contract to Enlightenment debates about the relationship between citizens and governments. We present the ethnographic and conceptual insights of the contributing authors, each

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Demystification and Disruption

Laurence Grove, Anne Magnussen, and Ann Miller

Enlightenment conception of modernity as progress and knowledge, a philosophy that justified the racial hierarchy implicit in the colonial enterprise. But while the Tintin series began at the height of Franco-Belgian colonial supremacy, Corto Maltese began

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Releasing a Tradition

Diasporic Epistemology and the Decolonized Curriculum

Jovan Scott Lewis

ill, conscripted me into modernity’ (2017: 109). Modernity, understood here as ‘Western’ modernity, has been inextricably tied to the Enlightenment for many. Moreover, the Enlightenment was itself the great facilitator of the industrial revolution