Europe under the Warring States Period

At the conference “Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context,” David Mervart reflected on the relative character of European periodisation schemes. By discussing two late 18th-early 19th century Japanese authors who translated the European history into the standard historiographical categories of the Sinosphere, he attempted to offer a counterfactual glimpse on alternative ways of organizing past. In the following think piece, he comes back to some of the topics he dealt with during the conference.

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