Big history: the longest 'durée'

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Big history surveys the past on all scales up to those of cosmology. It answers questions explored in traditional creation stories and universal histories, but it does so with the methods and the evidence of modern scientific scholarship. Though still marginal within historical scholarship, big history is attracting increasing interest and holds out the promise of a fruitful unification of different disciplines that study the past at many different scales. This paper discusses the emergence of big history and its current status and role within historical scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-106
Number of pages16
JournalÖsterreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • world history
  • universal history
  • creation story
  • chronometric revolution


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