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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 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.

This is the highly anticipated English edition of the spectacularly successful and critically acclaimed German book, which is also being translated into Chinese, Polish, Russian, and French. Indispensable for any historian, The Transformation of the World sheds important new light on this momentous epoch, showing how the nineteenth century paved the way for the global catastrophes of the twentieth century, yet how it also gave rise to pacifism, liberalism, the trade union, and a host of other crucial developments.

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

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

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 xiIntroduction xvPART ONE: APPROACHESI Memory and Self-Observation: The Perpetuation of the Nineteenth Century 31Visibility and Audibility 52Treasuries of Memory and Knowledge 73Observation, Description, Realism 174Numbers 255News 296Photography 39II Time: When Was the Nineteenth Century? 451Chronology and the Coherence of the Age 452Calendar and Periodization 493Breaks and Transitions 524The Age of Revolution, Victorianism, Fin de Siécle 585Clocks and Acceleration 67III Space: Where Was the Nineteenth Century? 771Space and Time 772Metageography: Naming Spaces 783Mental Maps: The Relativity of Spatial Perspective 864Spaces of Interaction: Land and Sea 945Ordering and Governing Space 1046Territoriality, Diaspora, Borders 107PART TWO: PANORAMASIV Mobilities 1171Magnitudes and Tendencies 1172Population Disasters and the Demographic Transition 1243The Legacy of Early Modern Migrations: Creoles and Slaves 1284Penal Colony and Exile 1335Ethnic Cleansing 1396I nternal Migration and the Changing Slave Trade 1447Migration and Capitalism 1548Global Motives 164V Living Standards: Risk and Security in Material Life 1671The Standard of Living and the Quality of Life 1672Life Expectancy and "Homo hygienicus" 1703Medical Fears and Prevention 1784Mobile Perils, Old and New 1855Natural Disasters 1976Famine 2017Agricultural Revolutions 2118Poverty and Wealth 2169Globalized Consumption 226VI Cities: European Models and Worldwide Creativity 2411The City as Norm and Exception 2412Urbaniz
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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.

This is the highly anticipated English edition of the spectacularly successful and critically acclaimed German book, which is also being translated into Chinese, Polish, Russian, and French. Indispensable for any historian, The Transformation of the World sheds important new light on this momentous epoch, showing how the nineteenth century paved the way for the global catastrophes of the twentieth century, yet how it also gave rise to pacifism, liberalism, the trade union, and a host of other crucial developments.

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"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

"[A] colossal achievement. . . . 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