By William H. McNeill
In a retrospective essay titled "The upward push of the West after Twenty-five Years," McNeill indicates how his ebook used to be formed by the point and position within which it was once written (1954-63). He discusses how historiography therefore built and indicates how his portrait of the world's previous within the upward thrust of the West could be revised to mirror those changes.
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