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This article argues for a revision of our understanding of modernity through an engagement with some recent work in Chinese history. These works(among others) have questioned the identification of modernity with European history. This article argues that while it is necessary to recognize the crucial link between Europe and modernity as phenomenon and concept, it is equally necessary to question the assumption that European modernity itself can be understood without reference to broader globaldoi:10.21866/esjeas.2008.8.1.005 fatcat:a67oqqkrb5d5thpwfa6ekm5fdu