The Enlightenment in Global History February 12, 2014
In many accounts of world history, the Enlightenment occupies a prominent place, marking the beginning of intellectual and cultural modernity. But these narratives have remained deeply Eurocentric. This talk suggests reading the history of Enlightenment as a history of global conjunctures. Claims to Enlightenment were literally co-produced by historical actors from a variety of locations in their attempt to think globally and come to terms with the challenges of an integrating world.
Part of "How to Write Global Histories"
Sebastian Conrad Professor of History, Freie Universität Berlin