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The Origins of the Modern World: A Global And Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century



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Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 7/30/2006.

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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

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Maps vii
Preface ix
Preface to the Second Edition xiii
Introduction The Rise of the West? 1(20)
Chapter 1 The Material and Trading Worlds, circa 1400 21(22)
Chapter 2 Starting with China 43(24)
Chapter 3 Empires, States, and the New World, 1500-1775 67(28)
Chapter 4 The Industrial Revolution and Its Consequences, 1750-1850 95(28)
Chapter 5 The Gap 123(32)
Chapter 6 The Great Departure 155(44)
Conclusion Changes and Continuities 199(10)
Index 209(12)
About the Author 221

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