Medievalists who have engaged with world or global history have generally worked hard to earn their right to a place at the table, against the common presumption of (early) modernists, both historians and others, that they have nothing to bring to it, by demonstrating the relevance of their specialism to the great questions about the origins and nature of modernity. This volume, which originated in a series of meetings convened by a group of Oxford medievalists to explore the problems and possibilities of teaching medieval history on a global basis, from which evolved the more focused discussions that produced the publication, does not dispute the legitimacy of such concerns. (The reviewer, to declare an interest, took part in the former but not the latter). It does, however, insist that this is not the route to understanding the world before...

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