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Comment on Ken Pomeranz's The Great Divergency

Hoffman, Philip T. (2011) Comment on Ken Pomeranz's The Great Divergency. Historically Speaking, 12 (4). pp. 16-17. ISSN 1941-4188.

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With scores of readers in history, the social sciences, and the public at large, Ken Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence has been an enormous and well-deserved success. Within history itself, its achievements are nothing short of miraculous, for it has overcome our discipline’s obdurate balkanization (“I do early modern Europe—why should I care about Qing China?”) and managed to bridge the gap between people who would rarely cross paths or even talk to one another: a world historian, for example, and an economic historian; or a scholar of ancient East Asia and a specialist on the British Industrial Revolution. And it has shaped the research agenda in a variety of history’s subfields.

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