O que é a Grande História?

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David Christian

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RESUMO
A grande história é um novo campo disciplinar acadêmico que estuda o passado em todas as suas possíveis escalas. Sua abordagem é histórica, mas reúne disciplinas da cosmologia à geologia, da biologia evolucionária à história humana. A partir de "O que é história?" de E.H. Carr, este ensaio descreve a evolução da grande história, e em particular, sua relação com a História como disciplina. Descreve em que consiste a nova disciplina e aquilo em que pode se tornar. Argumenta que a grande história pode ajudar a ultrapassar a fragmentação característica da educação e pesquisa modernas em todas as disciplinas. Fazendo-o, pode propor algo como uma narrativa de origens moderna e global, baseada na melhor produção científica moderna possível.

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