How, then, did it rise to world preeminence over the next several centuries? This is the central historical conundrum of modern times.
Author: Jonathan Daly
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
One thousand years ago, a traveler to Baghdad or the Chinese capital Kaifeng would have discovered a vast and flourishing city of broad streets, spacious gardens, and sophisticated urban amenities; meanwhile, Paris, Rome, and London were cramped and unhygienic collections of villages, and Europe was a backwater. How, then, did it rise to world preeminence over the next several centuries? This is the central historical conundrum of modern times. How Europe Made the Modern World draws upon the latest scholarship dealing with the various aspects of the West's divergence, including geography, demography, technology, culture, institutions, science and economics. It avoids the twin dangers of Eurocentrism and anti-Westernism, strongly emphasizing the contributions of other cultures of the world to the West's rise while rejecting the claim that there was nothing distinctive about Europe in the premodern period. Daly provides a concise summary of the debate from both sides, whilst also presenting his own provocative arguments. Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and including maps and images to illuminate key evidence, this book will inspire students to think critically and engage in debates rather than accepting a single narrative of the rise of the West. It is an ideal primer for students studying Western Civilization and World History courses.
3 In the twentieth century, the most populous nation on earth accepted this
calendar – consequently, the times of the ... It was the Christian Church in Europe
which continued this legacy, and later Europeans made it the standard for the
Author: Paul Backholer
Publisher: ByFaith Media
What has Christianity ever done for the world? The answer is both profound and inexhaustible. Discover how Christianity became the most important factor in the creation of the modern world by shaping our values, beliefs and civilisation. Find how leading scientists, explorers, adventurers and freedom fighters were inspired by their Christian faith and learn how they changed life on planet earth! Take a journey with the author to over thirty-five nations as he establishes from personal observations, how slaves were freed, human rights were fought for and how liberty spread globally as the message of the Christian gospel sounded-forth. Learn how empires and superpowers were transformed by Christianity, how missionaries kept them accountable abroad and how non-conformist believers transformed them from within. 2020 edition.
4) under the current dominant grand narrative that has undeservedly self-
appointed to be the diviner of the modern world the position it uses to shield
Europe from paying for its sins it committed on Africa. Such a research cannot
help Africa to ...
Author: Mhango, Nkwazi N.
Publisher: Langaa RPCIG
Category: Political Science
Whether Africa is developed or not, depends on how and what one addresses. Development is relative. Nonetheless, the fact is: Africa developed Europe; and thereby became underdeveloped. Addressed academically, the notion of development creates many questions amongst which are: Development in what? Whose development? Development for whom? Who defines development? In this volume, the development dealt with is polygonal; and touches on politico-economic sequels which also affect the social aspect. No doubt. Africa is abundantly rich in terms of resource and culture. Paradoxically, however, Africa is less developed economically compared to Europe thanks to the history of unequal encounters, among other reasons. We cannot emphasise enough the fact that Africa’s underdevelopment is the price of the development of Europe which is based on historical realities gyrating around Europe’s criminal past wherein slavery and colonialism enabled Europe to spawn its future capital and investment. How can anyone quibble about Europe’s development resulting from perpetual plunderage of Africa with impunity committed by European treasure-hunting adventurers? This volume prescribes Africa’s restorative recompense as the only way forward for the duo and the world.
In general, the adherents of this tradition never made peace with modern life. ...
students in such courses to understand clearly how Europe made the transition
from merely one of many developing regions into the world's first industrial power
Author: Jonathan Daly
How and why did Europe rise to world pre-eminence? Providing an overview of this central historical conundrum of modern times, Historians Debate the Rise of the West enables students to grasp major scholars’ evaluations of the biggest picture of all: how Western civilization fits into modern world history. Most historians who write in this area subscribe to a combination of interpretations set forward by scholars of the field, like David Landes, Jared Diamond or Kenneth Pomeranz. But it is often difficult to understand the position they are coming from, and for readers to understand clearly how Europe made the transition from merely one of many developing civilizations to the world’s first industrial power. In this volume, Jonathan Daly introduces us to the main interpretations of Europe’s rise that have been proposed over the past half-century and presents the views of these historians and schools of scholarship, advocating for each point of view and letting each author speak for him or herself through the inclusion of brief textual selections. Also included are interesting biographical details for each scholar, as well as a list of further reading for each chapter and a collection of maps. An ideal introduction for students of world history.
The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and
Ever ything in It Arthur Herman. school for petrochemical research or hydraulic
engineering promised more for the future of democracy than the same old
Author: Arthur Herman
Publisher: Broadway Books
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.
A little humility will enable anyone to benefit from understanding how the modern
world was created. The sun need not set on the West. Europe and America can
be revived again. Light can again shine on nations that have been confused and
Author: Vishal Mangalwadi
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Understand where we came from. Whether you're an avid student of the Bible or a skeptic of its relevance, The Book That Made Your World will transform your perception of its influence on virtually every facet of Western civilization. Indian philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi reveals the personal motivation that fueled his own study of the Bible and systematically illustrates how its precepts became the framework for societal structure throughout the last millennium. From politics and science, to academia and technology, the Bible's sacred copy became the key that unlocked the Western mind. Through Mangalwadi's wide-ranging and fascinating investigation, you'll discover: What triggered the West's passion for scientific, medical, and technological advancement How the biblical notion of human dignity informs the West's social structure and how it intersects with other worldviews How the Bible created a fertile ground for women to find social and economic empowerment How the Bible has uniquely equipped the West to cultivate compassion, human rights, prosperity, and strong families The role of the Bible in the transformation of education How the modern literary notion of a hero has been shaped by the Bible's archetypal protagonist Journey with Mangalwadi as he examines the origins of a civilization's greatness and the misguided beliefs that threaten to unravel its progress. Learn how the Bible transformed the social, political, and religious institutions that have sustained Western culture for the past millennium, and discover how secular corruption endangers the stability and longevity of Western civilization. Endorsements: “This is an extremely significant piece of work with huge global implications. Vishal brings a timely message.” (Ravi Zacharias, author, Walking from East to West and Beyond Opinion) “In polite society, the mere mention of the Bible often introduces a certain measure of anxiety. A serious discussion on the Bible can bring outright contempt. Therefore, it is most refreshing to encounter this engaging and informed assessment of the Bible’s profound impact on the modern world. Where Bloom laments the closing of the American mind, Mangalwadi brings a refreshing optimism.” (Stanley Mattson, founder and president, C. S. Lewis Foundation) “Vishal Mangalwadi recounts history in very broad strokes, always using his cross-cultural perspectives for highlighting the many benefits of biblical principles in shaping civilization.” (George Marsden, professor, University of Notre Dame; author, Fundamentalism and American Culture)
The Fabric that Made the Modern World Giorgio Riello ... How was it possible that
Britain was now producing cottons that were cheaper and even better in quality
than those of their Asian counterparts? ... for the reconfiguration of the productive
and economic system of Europe to the very reasons why the continent became ...
Author: Giorgio Riello
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Business & Economics
Today's world textile and garment trade is valued at a staggering $425 billion. We are told that under the pressure of increasing globalisation, it is India and China that are the new world manufacturing powerhouses. However, this is not a new phenomenon: until the industrial revolution, Asia manufactured great quantities of colourful printed cottons that were sold to places as far afield as Japan, West Africa and Europe. Cotton explores this earlier globalised economy and its transformation after 1750 as cotton led the way in the industrialisation of Europe. By the early nineteenth century, India, China and the Ottoman Empire switched from world producers to buyers of European cotton textiles, a position that they retained for over two hundred years. This is a fascinating and insightful story which ranges from Asian and European technologies and African slavery to cotton plantations in the Americas and consumer desires across the globe.
He insisted that like China, India, and the Muslim countries, Europe also held the
promise of great wealth. Subodei had tested the European armies, and he knew
how they fought and how easily they could be defeated. For most of the ...
Author: Jack Weatherford
Publisher: Broadway Books
New York Times Bestseller • The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote cornerof the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age. The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.
Women of all ages and backgrounds prostituted themselves for food and
protection. Morality and traditional ideas of ownership had changed utterly; now
the imperative was usually survival. This was how millions of Europeans lived in
Author: Victor Sebestyen
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century, but continue to affect our world today and impact on its future. In 1946 the Cold War began, the state of Israel was conceived, the independence of India was all but confirmed and Chinese Communists gained a decisive upper hand in their fight for power. It was a pivotal year in modern history in which countries were reborn and created, national and ideological boundaries were redrawn and people across the globe began to rebuild their lives. In this remarkable history, the foreign correspondent and historian Victor Sebestyen draws on contemporary documents from around the world - including Stalin's personal notes from the Potsdam peace conference - to examine what lay behind the political decision-making. Sebestyen uses a vast array of archival material and personal testimonies to explore how the lives of generations of people across continents were shaped by the events of 1946. Taking readers from Berlin to London, from Paris to Moscow, from Washington to Jerusalem and from Delhi to Shanghai, this is a vivid and wide-ranging account of both powerbrokers and ordinary men and women from an acclaimed author.
Unlike most world histories, which either chart the rise and fall of various high
civilizations without exploring what ... However influential Europeans and
Americans may have been in the making of this modern world, they did not make
Author: Robert Marks
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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. E-mail [email protected]
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How Information and Technology Made the Modern World Jeremy Black. with the
non-European world. A general trend towards more defined frontiers in Western
Europe had not been matched in much of Eastern Europe. The medieval ...
Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Yale University Press
Information is power. For more than five hundred years the success or failure of nations has been determined by a country’s ability to acquire knowledge and technical skill and transform them into strength and prosperity. Leading historian Jeremy Black approaches global history from a distinctive perspective, focusing on the relationship between information and society and demonstrating how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age. Black suggests that the West’s ascension was a direct result of its institutions and social practices for acquiring, employing, and retaining information and the technology that was ultimately produced. His cogent and well-reasoned analysis looks at cartography and the hardware of communication, armaments and sea power, mercantilism and imperialism, science and astronomy, as well as bureaucracy and the management of information, linking the history of technology with the history of global power while providing important indicators for the future of our world.
Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Steven Johnson ... Figuring out
whether we think the change is better for us in the long run is not the same as
figuring out how the change came about in the ... element of the book's focus: The
“we” in this book, and in its title, is largely the “we” of North Americans and
Author: Steven Johnson
Category: Technology & Engineering
From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Farsighted, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.
How are we to explain the extraordinary, and changed, relationship between
European society and extra-European ... and the First World War, the Russian
Revolution, and Russia's civil war made Europe a much poorer place after 1918
than it ...
Author: T. C. W. Blanning
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Written by eleven contributors of international standing, this book offers a readable and authoritative account of Europe's turbulent history from the French Revolution in the late eighteenth century to the present day. Each chapter portrays both change and continuity, revolutions and stability, and covers the political, economic, social, cultural, and military life of Europe. This book provides a better understanding of modern Europe, how it came to be what it is, and where it may be going in the future.
I How Northwestern Europe Was Strange Marriage , Households , and History In
a sparkling little book with the ... ( New York , 1998 ) ; Kenneth Pomeranz , The
Great Divergence : Europe , China and the Making of the Modern World
Author: Mary S. Hartman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book discusses the development of marriage and household systems in Western Europe.
18 The German economy How successful were the Nazis in rebuilding the
German economy ? Key questions ... He wanted to keep his word and and South
- east Europe with German - made with it his popularity . Militarily Hitler goods .
Author: Allan Todd
Category: History, Modern
Features: Attractive introductory spreads motivate studentsKey questions help students to focus on the importantVisual sources reinforce textDifficult terms are highlighted and explainedBiographies and extra information challenge more able students.
Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries, showing how a gang of buccaneers and gold-diggers planted the seed of the biggest empire in all history - and set the world on ...
Author: Niall Ferguson
Publisher: Penguin UK
Niall Ferguson's acclaimed bestseller on the highs and lows of Britain's empire Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red and Britannia ruled not just the waves, but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries, showing how a gang of buccaneers and gold-diggers planted the seed of the biggest empire in all history - and set the world on the road to modernity. 'The most brilliant British historian of his generation ... Ferguson examines the roles of "pirates, planters, missionaries, mandarins, bankers and bankrupts" in the creation of history's largest empire ... he writes with splendid panache ... and a seemingly effortless, debonair wit' Andrew Roberts 'Dazzling ... wonderfully readable' New York Review of Books 'A remarkably readable précis of the whole British imperial story - triumphs, deceits, decencies, kindnesses, cruelties and all' Jan Morris 'Empire is a pleasure to read and brims with insights and intelligence' Sunday Times
THE GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE PROBLEM XIII WHY HAS EUROPE BECOME
THE GREATEST INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL REGION OF THE WORLD ?
60 40 20 MO F120 EQUATOR 800 Arctic 60 40. 1 A. What factors have made ...
Author: Harold Ordway Rugg
Category: Economic geography
This edition of Moving Europeans responds to the need for a newly conceived
history of migration in the twentieth century . ... Yet during the 1990s , changing
politics , policies , and economies made western Europe attractive once more to
other ... As a consequence , we know much more about where and how
Europeans moved in the past , the frequency with ... Age of Migration :
International Population Movements in the Modern World , then Nicholas Canny's
Europeans on the Move ...
Author: Leslie Page Moch
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Category: Social Science
This new edition features a greatly expanded and up-to-date bibliography.
The defeat of European democracy The establishment of national democracies
had been one of Wilson ' s most treasured ideals but the first decade of peace
showed how hard it was to put his dream into practice . The new European states
found that their hurriedly created democratic constitutions were unable to cope
with their enormous social , economic and political problems especially in the
face of ...
Author: Paul Richardson
Publisher: CUP Archive
Category: Political Science
CENTRAL, SOUTHERN AND EASTERN EUROPE The changing climate with its
enhanced short-term fluctuations, including some runs ... more, of wet, flood-
ridden seasons, of droughts and either severe or very mild winters, made itself
felt also farther south in Europe after 1300. ... Ladurie21 has shown how the
dates of the southern French wine harvests beginning in 1349 (but only forming a
Author: Hubert H. Lamb
Category: Social Science
We live in a world that is increasingly vulnerable to climatic shocks - affecting agriculture and industry, government and international trade, not to mention human health and happiness. Serious anxieties have been aroused by respected scientists warning of dire perils that could result from upsets of the climatic regime. In this internationally acclaimed book, Emeritus Professor Hubert Lamb examines what we know about climate, how the past record of climate can be reconstructed, the causes of climatic variation, and its impact on human affairs now and in the historical and prehistoric past. This 2nd Edition includes a new preface and postscript reviewing the wealth of literature to emerge in recent years, and discusses implications for a deeper understanding of the problems of future climatic fluctuations and forecasting.