The Origins of the Modern World

The Origins of the Modern World
Author: Robert Marks
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780742554191
ISBN 13: 0742554198
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of the Modern World Book Review:

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The Origins of the Modern World

The Origins of the Modern World
Author: Robert Marks
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 074255418X
ISBN 13: 9780742554184
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of the Modern World Book Review:

This volume presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world. Unlike most studies, which assume that the rise of the West is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history accords importance to the 'underdeveloped world'.

The Origins of the Modern World

The Origins of the Modern World
Author: Robert B. Marks
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2015-02-05
ISBN 10: 1442212411
ISBN 13: 9781442212411
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of the Modern World Book Review:

This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. Unlike most studies, which assume that the “rise of the West” is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World and upon the maturing field of environmental history, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles, including their impacts on the environment. Robert B. Marks defines the modern world as one marked by industry, the nation state, interstate warfare, a large and growing gap between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the world, increasing inequality within the wealthiest industrialized countries, and an escape from the environmental constraints of the “biological old regime.” He explains its origins by emphasizing contingencies (such as the conquest of the New World); the broad comparability of the most advanced regions in China, India, and Europe; the reasons why England was able to escape from common ecological constraints facing all of those regions by the eighteenth century; a conjuncture of human and natural forces that solidified a gap between the industrialized and non-industrialized parts of the world; and the mounting environmental crisis that defines the modern world. Now in a new edition that brings the saga of the modern world to the present in an environmental context, the book considers how and why the United States emerged as a world power in the twentieth century and became the sole superpower by the twenty-first century, and why the changed relationship of humans to the environmental likely will be the hallmark of the modern era—the “Anthopocene.” Once again arguing that the U.S. rise to global hegemon was contingent, not inevitable, Marks also points to the resurgence of Asia and the vastly changed relationship of humans to the environment that may in the long run overshadow any political and economic milestones of the past hundred years.

The Modern World-System I

The Modern World-System I
Author: Immanuel Wallerstein
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2011-06-10
ISBN 10: 0520948572
ISBN 13: 9780520948570
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Modern World-System I Book Review:

Immanuel Wallerstein’s highly influential, multi-volume opus, The Modern World-System, is one of this century’s greatest works of social science. An innovative, panoramic reinterpretation of global history, it traces the emergence and development of the modern world from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

Catastrophe

Catastrophe
Author: David Keys
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2000-10-02
ISBN 10: 0345444361
ISBN 13: 9780345444363
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Catastrophe Book Review:

It was a catastrophe without precedent in recorded history: for months on end, starting in A.D. 535, a strange, dusky haze robbed much of the earth of normal sunlight. Crops failed in Asia and the Middle East as global weather patterns radically altered. Bubonic plague, exploding out of Africa, wiped out entire populations in Europe. Flood and drought brought ancient cultures to the brink of collapse. In a matter of decades, the old order died and a new world—essentially the modern world as we know it today—began to emerge. In this fascinating, groundbreaking, totally accessible book, archaeological journalist David Keys dramatically reconstructs the global chain of revolutions that began in the catastrophe of A.D. 535, then offers a definitive explanation of how and why this cataclysm occurred on that momentous day centuries ago. The Roman Empire, the greatest power in Europe and the Middle East for centuries, lost half its territory in the century following the catastrophe. During the exact same period, the ancient southern Chinese state, weakened by economic turmoil, succumbed to invaders from the north, and a single unified China was born. Meanwhile, as restless tribes swept down from the central Asian steppes, a new religion known as Islam spread through the Middle East. As Keys demonstrates with compelling originality and authoritative research, these were not isolated upheavals but linked events arising from the same cause and rippling around the world like an enormous tidal wave. Keys's narrative circles the globe as he identifies the eerie fallout from the months of darkness: unprecedented drought in Central America, a strange yellow dust drifting like snow over eastern Asia, prolonged famine, and the hideous pandemic of the bubonic plague. With a superb command of ancient literatures and historical records, Keys makes hitherto unrecognized connections between the "wasteland" that overspread the British countryside and the fall of the great pyramid-building Teotihuacan civilization in Mexico, between a little-known "Jewish empire" in Eastern Europe and the rise of the Japanese nation-state, between storms in France and pestilence in Ireland. In the book's final chapters, Keys delves into the mystery at the heart of this global catastrophe: Why did it happen? The answer, at once surprising and definitive, holds chilling implications for our own precarious geopolitical future. Wide-ranging in its scholarship, written with flair and passion, filled with original insights, Catastrophe is a superb synthesis of history, science, and cultural interpretation.

Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Author: Barrington Moore
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2015-12-08
ISBN 10: 0807097047
ISBN 13: 9780807097045
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy Book Review:

A landmark in comparative history and a challenge to scholars of all lands who are trying to learn how we arrived at where we are now. -New York Times Book Review

Twin Tracks

Twin Tracks
Author: James Burke
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-05-11
ISBN 10: 9781439128756
ISBN 13: 1439128758
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twin Tracks Book Review:

Twin Tracks is a landmark book of real-world stories that investigates the nature of change and divines as never before the unlikely origins of many aspects of contemporary life. In each of the work's twenty-five narratives, we discover how the different outcomes of an important historical event in the past often come together again in the future. Each chapter starts with an event -- such as the U.S. attack on Tripoli in 1804 -- that generates two divergent series of consequences. After tracking each pathway as it ranges far and wide through time and space, Burke shows how the paths finally and unexpectedly converge in the modern world. Twin Tracks pinpoints the myriad ways the future is shaped, whether by love, war, accident, genius, or discovery. For instance, in "The Marriage of Figaro to Stealth Fighter," Burke's twin tracks start with the composer of the opera and the French spy from whose play he stole the plot. The tracks then encompass, among other things, freemasonry, the War of Independence, Captain Cook, jellyfish, Jane Austen, and audio tape. Ultimately, the convergence of the two Figaro tracks sets the stage for the development of Gulf War Stealth aircraft. Wonderfully accessible and lucidly written, Twin Tracks offers an amusing and instructive new view of the past and the future.

The Origins of the Modern World

The Origins of the Modern World
Author: Robert B. Marks
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-07-05
ISBN 10: 1538127040
ISBN 13: 9781538127049
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of the Modern World Book Review:

Now in a new edition, this clearly written and engrossing book presents a global and environmental narrative of the origins of the modern world since 1400. Robert Marks constructs a story in which Asia, Africa, and the New World play major roles and points to the resurgence of Asia and the vastly changed relationship of humans to the environment.

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World
Author: Arthur Herman
Publsiher: Broadway Books
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2007-12-18
ISBN 10: 9780307420954
ISBN 13: 0307420957
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How the Scots Invented the Modern World Book Review:

An exciting account of the origins of the modern world Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since. Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution; and how thousands of Scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong. How the Scots Invented the Modern World reveals how Scottish genius for creating the basic ideas and institutions of modern life stamped the lives of a series of remarkable historical figures, from James Watt and Adam Smith to Andrew Carnegie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and how Scottish heroes continue to inspire our contemporary culture, from William “Braveheart” Wallace to James Bond. And no one who takes this incredible historical trek will ever view the Scots—or the modern West—in the same way again.

The World That Trade Created

The World That Trade Created
Author: Kenneth Pomeranz,Steven Topik
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2014-12-18
ISBN 10: 1317453824
ISBN 13: 9781317453826
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The World That Trade Created Book Review:

In a series of brief vignettes the authors bring to life international trade and its actors, and also demonstrate that economic activity cannot be divorced from social and cultural contexts. In the process they make clear that the seemingly modern concept of economic globalisation has deep historical roots.

The Modern World-system

The Modern World-system
Author: Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 9780127859224
ISBN 13: 0127859225
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Science and the Modern World

Science and the Modern World
Author: A. N. Whitehead
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2011-06-09
ISBN 10: 0521237785
ISBN 13: 9780521237789
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Science and the Modern World Book Review:

Alfred North Whitehead's 1925 volume was a groundbreaking and important book that redefined the concept of modern science. In emphasising the position of science as a culturally connected activity, Whitehead anticipated arguments that would come to dominate the philosophy of science in the latter part of the twentieth century.

The Invention of the Modern World

The Invention of the Modern World
Author: Alan Macfarlane,Reader in Historical Anthropology University of Cambridge Fellow Alan MacFarlane, Professor
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 334
Release: 2014-04-16
ISBN 10: 9780615919638
ISBN 13: 0615919634
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Invention of the Modern World Book Review:

From the preface: 'This is a book which synthesizes a lifetime of reflection on the origins of the modern world. Through forty years of travel in Europe, Australia, India, Nepal, Japan and China I have observed the similarities and differences of cultures. I have read as widely as possible in both contemporary and classical works in history, anthropology and philosophy.' Prof Macfarlane is also the author of The Culture of Capitalism, The Savage Wars of Peace, The Riddle of the Modern World and The Making of the Modern World, among many others. This is the third book published by Odd Volumes, the imprint of The Fortnightly Review.

The Rise of the West

The Rise of the West
Author: William H. McNeill
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 860
Release: 2009-07-30
ISBN 10: 9780226561615
ISBN 13: 0226561615
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rise of the West Book Review:

The Rise of the West, winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a number of separate civilizations pursued essentially independent careers, and argues instead that human cultures interacted at every stage of their history. The author suggests that from the Neolithic beginnings of grain agriculture to the present major social changes in all parts of the world were triggered by new or newly important foreign stimuli, and he presents a persuasive narrative of world history to support this claim. In a retrospective essay titled "The Rise of the West after Twenty-five Years," McNeill shows how his book was shaped by the time and place in which it was written (1954-63). He discusses how historiography subsequently developed and suggests how his portrait of the world's past in The Rise of the West should be revised to reflect these changes. "This is not only the most learned and the most intelligent, it is also the most stimulating and fascinating book that has ever set out to recount and explain the whole history of mankind. . . . To read it is a great experience. It leaves echoes to reverberate, and seeds to germinate in the mind."—H. R. Trevor-Roper, New York Times Book Review

Evolving Health

Evolving Health
Author: Noel T. Boaz
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2002-10-01
ISBN 10: 9780471212997
ISBN 13: 0471212997
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evolving Health Book Review:

Human illnesses can be understood as damage to those adaptationsthat we took on at various stages in our evolution from pre-lifemolecules to modern Homo sapiens. Preventing these illnessesentails avoiding what causes the damage-- which too frequently arethe everyday hazards of twenty-first-century life, as the chartbelow shows: Level of Evolution Cause of adaptive failure resulting disease or problem Pre-life Environmental poisons Certain birth defects Single cell (bacteria and amoeba-like) Viral infection Colds/flu/HIV Morula (sponge-like) Cellular stress Cancer Chordate Physical stress Back pain Fish Excess dietary salt Hypertension/heart disease Amphibian Tobacco smoke Lung cancer/emphysema Lower primate Excess dietary sugar Diabetes mellitus Higher primate Vitamin C deficiency Scurvy Ape Excess dietary protein Gout Homo sapiens Reduced dietary variety Nutritionaldiseases/food allergies

The Modern World-system: Capitalist agriculture and the origins of the European world-economy in the sixteenth century

The Modern World-system: Capitalist agriculture and the origins of the European world-economy in the sixteenth century
Author: Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1974
ISBN 10: 9780127859248
ISBN 13: 0127859241
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Modern World-system: Capitalist agriculture and the origins of the European world-economy in the sixteenth century Book Review:

The Modern World-System IV

The Modern World-System IV
Author: Immanuel Wallerstein
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2011-06-10
ISBN 10: 0520948602
ISBN 13: 9780520948600
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Modern World-System IV Book Review:

Immanuel Wallerstein’s highly influential, multi-volume opus, The Modern World-System, is one of this century’s greatest works of social science. An innovative, panoramic reinterpretation of global history, it traces the emergence and development of the modern world from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. This new volume encompasses the nineteenth century from the revolutionary era of 1789 to the First World War. In this crucial period, three great ideologies—conservatism, liberalism, and radicalism—emerged in response to the worldwide cultural transformation that came about when the French Revolution legitimized the sovereignty of the people. Wallerstein tells how capitalists, and Great Britain, brought relative order to the world and how liberalism triumphed as the dominant ideology.

The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914

The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914
Author: C. A. Bayly
Publsiher: Wiley-Blackwell
Total Pages: 568
Release: 2003-12-02
ISBN 10: 9780631236160
ISBN 13: 0631236163
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914 Book Review:

This thematic history of the world from 1780 to the onset of the First World War reveals that the world was far more ‘globalised’ at this time than is commonly thought. Explores previously neglected sets of connections in world history. Reveals that the world was far more ‘globalised’, even at the beginning of this period, than is commonly thought. Sketches the ‘ripple effects’ of world crises such as the European revolutions and the American Civil War. Shows how events in Asia, Africa and South America impacted on the world as a whole. Considers the great themes of the nineteenth-century world, including the rise of the modern state, industrialisation and liberalism. Challenges and complements the regional and national approaches which have traditionally dominated history teaching and writing.

A Culture of Growth

A Culture of Growth
Author: Joel Mokyr
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-10-25
ISBN 10: 1400882915
ISBN 13: 9781400882915
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Culture of Growth Book Review:

Why Enlightenment culture sparked the Industrial Revolution During the late eighteenth century, innovations in Europe triggered the Industrial Revolution and the sustained economic progress that spread across the globe. While much has been made of the details of the Industrial Revolution, what remains a mystery is why it took place at all. Why did this revolution begin in the West and not elsewhere, and why did it continue, leading to today's unprecedented prosperity? In this groundbreaking book, celebrated economic historian Joel Mokyr argues that a culture of growth specific to early modern Europe and the European Enlightenment laid the foundations for the scientific advances and pioneering inventions that would instigate explosive technological and economic development. Bringing together economics, the history of science and technology, and models of cultural evolution, Mokyr demonstrates that culture—the beliefs, values, and preferences in society that are capable of changing behavior—was a deciding factor in societal transformations. Mokyr looks at the period 1500–1700 to show that a politically fragmented Europe fostered a competitive "market for ideas" and a willingness to investigate the secrets of nature. At the same time, a transnational community of brilliant thinkers known as the “Republic of Letters” freely circulated and distributed ideas and writings. This political fragmentation and the supportive intellectual environment explain how the Industrial Revolution happened in Europe but not China, despite similar levels of technology and intellectual activity. In Europe, heterodox and creative thinkers could find sanctuary in other countries and spread their thinking across borders. In contrast, China’s version of the Enlightenment remained controlled by the ruling elite. Combining ideas from economics and cultural evolution, A Culture of Growth provides startling reasons for why the foundations of our modern economy were laid in the mere two centuries between Columbus and Newton.

A History of the Modern World

A History of the Modern World
Author: Robert Roswell Palmer,Joel Colton,Lloyd S. Kramer
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 1259
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780077126414
ISBN 13: 0077126416
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of the Modern World Book Review:

A History of the Modern World is a careful, well-written narrative of major events from the late Middle Ages to the political and religious conflicts at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It offers a wide-ranging survey that helps readers understand both the complexities of great events (e.g., the French Revolution, the First World War, or the collapse of great imperial systems) and the importance of historical analysis. It also provides a careful summary of the modern political changes that have affected the social and cultural development of all modern cultures. Throughout the book's lifetime, A History of the Modern World has been hailed as an elegantly written historical narrative, filled with analysis and balanced historical insights as well as its traditional attention to the processes of historical change, conflict, and political transformations. The tenth edition has been updated to include the clear maps, the survey of global economic connections, the chronologies, the illustrations, and the up-to-date bibliographies that today's students need and expect. - Publisher.