The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

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The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

by Jürgen Osterhammel

Princeton University Press | April 13, 2014 | Hardcover

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A comprehensive examination of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic portrait of a world in flux. Jürgen Osterhammel, a scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era to present a sophisticated global history of breathtaking magnitude and towering erudition. From New York to New Delhi, from Latin American revolutions to the Taiping Rebellion, Osterhammel examines myriad powerful and diverse forces that facilitated global change and spearheaded advancement. In the context of increased interconnectivity across vast terrain and ocean, he provocatively evaluates the changing relationship between humans and nature, the importance of cities, and movements that propelled the emergence of new nations.

An indispensable resource, The Transformation of the World offers a fresh perspective on the emergence of global modernity.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: April 13, 2014

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691147450

ISBN - 13: 9780691147451

Found in: History

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The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

by Jürgen Osterhammel

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: April 13, 2014

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0691147450

ISBN - 13: 9780691147451

Table of Contents

Preface xi Introduction xv PART ONE: APPROACHES I Memory and Self-Observation: The Perpetuation of the Nineteenth Century 3 1 Visibility and Audibility 5 2 Treasuries of Memory and Knowledge 7 3 Observation, Description, Realism 17 4 Numbers 25 5 News 29 6 Photography 39 II Time: When Was the Nineteenth Century? 45 1 Chronology and the Coherence of the Age 45 2 Calendar and Periodization 49 3 Breaks and Transitions 52 4 The Age of Revolution, Victorianism, Fin de Siécle 58 5 Clocks and Acceleration 67 III Space: Where Was the Nineteenth Century? 77 1 Space and Time 77 2 Metageography: Naming Spaces 78 3 Mental Maps: The Relativity of Spatial Perspective 86 4 Spaces of Interaction: Land and Sea 94 5 Ordering and Governing Space 104 6 Territoriality, Diaspora, Borders 107 PART TWO: PANORAMAS IV Mobilities 117 1 Magnitudes and Tendencies 117 2 Population Disasters and the Demographic Transition 124 3 The Legacy of Early Modern Migrations: Creoles and Slaves 128 4 Penal Colony and Exile 133 5 Ethnic Cleansing 139 6 I nternal Migration and the Changing Slave Trade 144 7 Migration and Capitalism 154 8 Global Motives 164 V Living Standards: Risk and Security in Material Life 167 1 The Standard of Living and the Quality of Life 167 2 Life Expectancy and " Homo hygienicu s" 170 3 Medical Fears and Prevention 178 4 Mobile Perils, Old and New 185 5 Natural Disasters 197 6 Famine 201 7 Agricultural Revolutions 211 8 Poverty and Wealth 216 9 Globalized Consumption 226 VI Ci
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From the Publisher

A comprehensive examination of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic portrait of a world in flux. Jürgen Osterhammel, a scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era to present a sophisticated global history of breathtaking magnitude and towering erudition. From New York to New Delhi, from Latin American revolutions to the Taiping Rebellion, Osterhammel examines myriad powerful and diverse forces that facilitated global change and spearheaded advancement. In the context of increased interconnectivity across vast terrain and ocean, he provocatively evaluates the changing relationship between humans and nature, the importance of cities, and movements that propelled the emergence of new nations.

An indispensable resource, The Transformation of the World offers a fresh perspective on the emergence of global modernity.

From the Jacket

"Jürgen Osterhammel is the Braudel of the nineteenth century. His global panorama is a triumph of the historian''s craft. In elegant and lucid prose, he examines, across the entire world, the Janus face of the era: both distant past and yet also origin of our contemporary condition."--Jonathan Sperber, author of Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life

"The comparison with Braudel''s magnum opus is not misplaced. Osterhammel''s The Transformation of the World is a brilliant work of historical imagination, of absolutely show-stealing erudition, and of wide-apertured original insight! Reflecting on space and time, empire and slavery, war and peace, economy and diplomacy, monarchy and opera, and much else, Osterhammel changes our whole understanding of the nineteenth century."--Helmut W. Smith, Vanderbilt University

"This big, kaleidoscopic book follows the many strands of change over the course of a long century of transformation. It belongs on a short list of key resources for understanding the origins of many of the challenges we face today."--John E. Wills, Jr., University of Southern California

"Arguably the most important book by a German historian to be published in the past quarter century. It is a truly magisterial account of the global history of the nineteenth century, powerfully argued and beautifully rendered."--Sven Beckert, author of The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850-1896

About the Author

Jürgen Osterhammel is professor of modern and contemporary history at the University of Konstanz. He is the coauthor of Globalization: A Short History and a coeditor of A History of the World.

Editorial Reviews

"The Transformation of the World stands as both an essential compendium of knowledge about human civilization on planet Earth in the nineteenth century and a unique monument of historical art."--Matthew Karp, Journal of American History