The birth of the modern world, 1780-1914 : global connections and comparisons / C.A. Bayly.

by Bayly, C. A. (Christopher Alan), 1945-.

Series: Blackwell history of the world: Publisher: Malden, Ma. ; Blackwell, 2004.Description: xxiv,540 pages : illustrations, facsimiles,maps,portraits ; 25cm.ISBN: 0631187995; 0631236163.Subject(s): GlobalizationLooking glass | History, Modern -- 19th centuryLooking glass | History, Modern -- 20th centuryLooking glass | Revolutions -- 18th centuryNote: Bibliography: pages 514-532. - Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Bibliography: pages 514-532. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List Of Illustrations
  • List Of Tables And Maps
  • Series Editor 's Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The Organization Of The Book
  • Problem 1 'Prime Movers ' And The Economic Factor
  • Problem 2 Global History And Post-Modernism
  • Problem 3 The Continuing 'Riddle Of The Modern '
  • Conforming To Standards In Bodily Practice
  • Building Out From The Body: Communications And Complexity
  • Afterword
  • Part I The End of The Old Regime
  • 1 Old Regimes And 'Archaic Globalisation ':Peasants And Lords
  • The Politics Of Difference
  • Powers On The Fringes Of States
  • Harbingers Of New Political Formations
  • The Pre-History Of 'Globalisation '
  • 'Archaic ' And Early Modern Globalisation
  • Prospect
  • 2 Passages From The Old Regimes To Modernity:The 'Last Great Domestication ' And 'Industrious Revolutions '
  • New Patterns Of Afro-Asian Material Culture, Production And Trade
  • The Internal And External Limits Of Afro-Asian 'Industrious Revolutions
  • '.Trade, Finance And Innovation: European Competitive Advantages
  • The Activist, Patriotic State Evolves
  • Critical Publics
  • The Development Of Asian And African Ecumenes
  • Conclusion: 'Backwardness ', Lags And Conjunctures
  • 3 Convergent Revolutions, 1780 -1820:Contemporaries Ponder The World Crisis
  • A Summary Anatomy Of The World Crisis, C. 1720 -1820
  • Sapping The Legitimacy Of The State: From France To China
  • The Ideological Origins Of The Modern State
  • Nationalities Versus States And Empires
  • The Third Revolution: Polite And Commercial Peoples Worldwide
  • Prospect
  • Part II The Modern World In Genesis
  • 4 Between World Revolutions, C. 1815 -1860
  • Assessing The 'Wreck Of Nations '
  • British Maritime Supremacy, World Trade And Agrarian Recovery
  • Emigration: A Safety Valve
  • The Losers In The 'New World Order ', C. 1815 -65
  • Problems Of Hybrid Legitimacy - Whose State Was It?The State Gains Strength - But Not Enough
  • Wars Of Legitimacy In Asia: A Summary Account
  • Economic And Ideological Roots Of The Asian Revolutions
  • The Years Of Hunger And Rebellion In Europe, 1848 -51
  • The American Civil War As A Global Event
  • Convergence Or Difference?Reviewing The Argument
  • 5 Industrialisation And The New City:Historians, Industrialisation And Cities
  • The Progress Of Industrialisation
  • Cities As Centres Of Production And Consumption
  • The Urban Impact Of The Global Crisis, 1780 -1820
  • Race And Class In The New City
  • Working Class Politics
  • World-Wide Urban Cultures And Their Critics
  • Conclusion
  • 6 Nation, Empire And Ethnicity: C. 1860 -1900: 'Theories ' Of Nationalism
  • When Was Nationalism?Whose Nationalism?Perpetuating Nationalisms: Memories
  • National Associations And Print
  • From Community To Nation: The Eurasian Empires
  • Where We Stand With Nationalism
  • Peoples Without States; Persecution Or Assimilation?Imperialism And Its History
  • In The Late Nineteenth Century
  • Dimension Of The 'New Imperialism '
  • A World Of Nation States?The Persistence Of Old Patterns Of Globalisation
  • From Globalisation To Inter-Nationalim
  • Inter-Nationalism In Action
  • Conclusion
  • Part III State And Society In The Age of Imperialism
  • 7 Myths And Technologies Of The Modern State
  • Dimensions Of The Modern State
  • The State And The Historians
  • Problems Of Defining The State
  • The Modern State Takes Root; Geographical Dimensions
  • Claims To Justice And Symbols Of Power
  • The State 's Resources
  • The State 's Obligations To Society
  • Tools Of The State
  • State, Economy And Nation
  • A Balance Sheet: What Had The State Achieved?8
  • The Theory And Practice Of Liberalism, Rationalism, Socialism And Science
  • Contextualising 'Intellectual ' History
  • The Corruption Of The Righteous Republic: A Classic Theme
  • Righteous Republics World-Wide
  • The Advent Of Liberalism And The Market: Western Exceptionalism?Liberalism And Land Reform: Radical Theory And Conservative Practice
  • Free Trade Or National Politic

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This large new book by Bayly (Cambridge Univ.), well-known historian of India and the British Empire, is indispensable reading for those who teach in the young field of world history. Thematically organized, Bayly's provocative, entertaining, and immensely learned volume connects the histories of diverse parts of the world and puts local histories into global contexts while providing a running commentary on earlier scholarship, including the challenge of postmodernism. In contrast with Kenneth Pomeranz's thesis of coal and colonies, Bayly contends that northwestern Europe began its global dominance at the end of the 18th century as a result of its "egotistical buoyancy of philosophy, invention, public debate, and, more dismally, efficiency in killing other human beings." His story is not simply that of the rise of the West. Bayly rejects the notion that globalization was solely the West's achievement; events in Asia and Africa forced changes on the entire world. Moreover, he argues that "it is now possible to write a global history of ideas, one that ... stresses the multi-centered origins of ideological production." ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General collections and upper-division undergraduates and above. D. M. Fahey Miami University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Christopher Alan Bayly was born on May 18, 1945 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom. He graduated from St Antony's College. He was the pre-eminent historian of India and the British Empire and a pioneer of the field of global history. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including The Local Roots of Indian Politics; Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars; Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire; Imperial Meridian; Empire and Information; The Origins of Nationality in South Asia; The Birth of the Modern World; and Recovering Liberties. In 2005, he received the Wolfson prize for history for his entire body of work. In 2007, he was the first scholar to be knighted "for services to history outside of Europe." He died of a heart attack on April 18, 2015 at the age of 69.

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