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The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (America in the World, 15) (original 2009; edition 2015)

by Jürgen Osterhammel (Author), Patrick Camiller (Translator)

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A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era, presenting instead a truly global history of breathtaking scope and towering erudition. He examines the powerful and complex forces that drove global change during the "long nineteenth century," taking readers from New York to New Delhi, from the Latin American revolutions to the Taiping Rebellion, from the perils and promise of Europe's transatlantic labor markets to the hardships endured by nomadic, tribal peoples across the planet. Osterhammel describes a world increasingly networked by the telegraph, the steamship, and the railways. He explores the changing relationship between human beings and nature, looks at the importance of cities, explains the role slavery and its abolition played in the emergence of new nations, challenges the widely held belief that the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of the nation-state, and much more. -- Provided by publisher.… (more)
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Title:The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (America in the World, 15)
Authors:Jürgen Osterhammel (Author)
Other authors:Patrick Camiller (Translator)
Info:Princeton University Press (2015), Edition: Reprint, 1192 pages
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The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century by Jürgen Osterhammel (2009)

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An excellent book! ( )
  Fei999799 | Dec 24, 2020 |
One of the decade's most monumental history books is also one of the smartest. Osterhammel isn't just interested in filling the reader with disconnected facts or with drawing grand abstract theories -- he does an excellent job of linking interesting and often surprising anecdotes with extremely erudite theoretical synthesis. It took me a while to get through, but it's also not the kind of book that demands all of your attention for a concentrated period. It was an agreeable companion to nibble on throughout the fall. While I'd be hard pressed to put down one or two major lessons I learned from this book, I came away from it feeling like I had a much more fleshed out and nuanced mental map of the 19th century.

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  Roeghmann | Dec 8, 2019 |
See Fritz Stern's laudatory review in NYRB, May 7 2017.
  ddonahue | May 10, 2015 |
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..he received Germany’s most prestigious and well-endowed prizes for a work of some 1,500 pages that, against all odds, became a literary and popular success.. It, has, rightly, been called an instant classic.
 

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A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era, presenting instead a truly global history of breathtaking scope and towering erudition. He examines the powerful and complex forces that drove global change during the "long nineteenth century," taking readers from New York to New Delhi, from the Latin American revolutions to the Taiping Rebellion, from the perils and promise of Europe's transatlantic labor markets to the hardships endured by nomadic, tribal peoples across the planet. Osterhammel describes a world increasingly networked by the telegraph, the steamship, and the railways. He explores the changing relationship between human beings and nature, looks at the importance of cities, explains the role slavery and its abolition played in the emergence of new nations, challenges the widely held belief that the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of the nation-state, and much more. -- Provided by publisher.

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