ERIC Number: ED388585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Western Civ., Multiculturalism and the Problem of a Unified World History.
Dunn, Ross E.
This paper traces the development of the concept of a unified world history and applies that concept to the present curriculum. World history became more European-centered over time as other cultures were viewed as backward. The exclusion of so much of humanity from the "known world of progress" made less and less sense over time as global connections increased. Multicultural world history is more inclusive, but it also contains weaknesses in that cultures are entities not bounded by time of space. A unified world history should be a fluid, many-angled world history. The creation of the "National Standards for World History" is an attempt to address some of the omissions of history. The interconnections and interdependencies that have shaped the human experience can be illustrated through the Book of Travels of Ibn Battuta of Tangier who moved from one corner of Eurasia and Africa to another for 29 years in the 14th century. Focus necessarily must be on the interactions of humanity that have always occurred if students are truly to understand world history. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Regional Council for the Social Studies (Cleveland, OH, March 30, 1995).