In fact, as their discipline has expanded they have been pulled into ever wider fields of enquiry. History departments were once dominated by a single national history with some logically allied offshoots – England predominant (Europe and the Commonwealth represented) or American history divided into ten year periods (with traditional American allies representing European history). Now they pride themselves on being departments of world history with a wide representation of continents and countries studied in their own integrity. The conquest of Euro- and ethno-centricity has claimed, as an unintended victim, the common ground of historians' discourse.
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