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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, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. 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, and an escape from "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 18th century; and a conjuncture of human and natural forces that solidified a gap between the industrialized and non-industrialized parts of the world. Now in a new edition that brings the saga of the modern world to the present, 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. Once again arguing that the rise of the United States 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. View an online study guide for this book View instructor guide for this book (passcoded). E-mail textbooks@rowman.com for a username and password to access the instructor site

Synopsis:

This clearly written and engaging book 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, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Robert 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, and an escape from _the biological old regime._

About the Author

\Robert B. Marks is Richard and Billie Deihl Professor of History at Whittier College.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the rise of the west? — Ch. 1. The material and trading worlds, circa 1400 — Ch. 2. Starting with China — Ch. 3. Empires, states, and the new world, 1500-1775 — Ch. 4. The industrial revolution and its consequences, 1750-1850 — Ch. 5. The gap — Ch. 6. The great departure — Conclusion : changes and continuities.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781122277730
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Subject:
History
Creator:
Robert Marks
Author:
Robert Marks
Author:
Marks, Robert
Author:
Marks, Robert B.
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
History, modern
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Western Civilization-General
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
History : Asia - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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» Business » History and Biographies
» History and Social Science » Western Civilization » General
» History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
» History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
» History and Social Science » World History » European History General
» History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 240 pages Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. - English 9781122277730 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This clearly written and engaging book 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, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Robert 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, and an escape from _the biological old regime._
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