Big history represents a modern scientific form of an ancient project: that of constructing unified, coherent and universal accounts of reality. Such projects can be found within the origin stories of most human societies. But in the late nineteenth century, the universalistic project vanished within both the humanities and the sciences, as scholars in field after field coped with the modern tsunami of information by narrowing the scope of their research. The sciences began to return to larger and more universalistic perspectives from the middle of the twentieth century as new unifying paradigms emerged in field after field, and physicists even began talking of 'Grand Unified Theories' of everything. New information and new dating techniques made it more reasonable than ever before to attempt scientifically grounded universal histories and such attempts began to reappear in the 1980s. But not until the first decade of the twenty-first century has that project really begun to take off.
|Title of host publication||Globalistics and globalization studies|
|Subtitle of host publication||big history and global history|
|Editors||Leonid E. Grinin, Ilya V. Ilyin, Peter Hermann, Andrey V. Korotayev|
|Place of Publication||Volgograd|
|Publisher||Uchitel Publishing House|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
Bibliographical noteFirst published in 2011 in 'Evolution: a big history perspective'. Grinin, L. E., Korotayev Andrey V. & Rodrigue Barry H (eds.). Volgograd, Russia: Uchitel Publishing House, p. 20-25.
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