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World history is considered one of the most innovative approaches to the
analysis of the phenomena that affected mankind since the fifteenth century.
However, its first theorizations were proposed in the aftermath of World
War I, and the recently founded United Nations developed the first editorial
project at the end of the Second World War. This article shortly analyzes
the origins of the world history theories and the first attempts, in America
and in Europe, to synthesize the history of the planet in one text.