The Origins of the Modern World

Author: Robert B. Marks
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442212411
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. 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 on Asia, Africa, and the New World and upon the maturing field of environmental history, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles, including their impacts on the environment. Robert B. Marks defines the modern world as one marked by industry, the nation state, interstate warfare, a large and growing gap between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the world, increasing inequality within the wealthiest industrialized countries, and an escape from the environmental constraints of the “biological old regime.” He explains its origins by emphasizing contingencies (such as the conquest of the New World); the broad comparability of the most advanced regions in China, India, and Europe; the reasons why England was able to escape from common ecological constraints facing all of those regions by the eighteenth century; a conjuncture of human and natural forces that solidified a gap between the industrialized and non-industrialized parts of the world; and the mounting environmental crisis that defines the modern world. Now in a new edition that brings the saga of the modern world to the present in an environmental context, the book considers how and why the United States emerged as a world power in the twentieth century and became the sole superpower by the twenty-first century, and why the changed relationship of humans to the environmental likely will be the hallmark of the modern era—the “Anthopocene.” Once again arguing that the U.S. rise to global hegemon was contingent, not inevitable, Marks also points to the resurgence of Asia and the vastly changed relationship of humans to the environment that may in the long run overshadow any political and economic milestones of the past hundred years.

The Origins of the Modern World

Author: Robert Marks
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1461700000
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. 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 on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Robert B. Marks defines the modern world as one marked by industry, the nation state, interstate warfare, a large and growing gap between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the world, and an escape from "the biological old regime." He explains its origins by emphasizing contingencies (such as the conquest of the New World); the broad comparability of the most advanced regions in China, India, and Europe; the reasons why England was able to escape from common ecological constraints facing all of those regions by the 18th century; and a conjuncture of human and natural forces that solidified a gap between the industrialized and non-industrialized parts of the world. Now in a new edition that brings the saga of the modern world to the present, the book considers how and why the United States emerged as a world power in the twentieth century and became the sole superpower by the twenty-first century. Once again arguing that the rise of the United States to global hegemon was contingent, not inevitable, Marks also points to the resurgence of Asia and the vastly changed relationship of humans to the environment that may, in the long run, overshadow any political and economic milestones of the past hundred years. E-mail [email protected] for a username and password to access the instructor site.

Catastrophe

Author: David Keys
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345444361
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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It was a catastrophe without precedent in recorded history: for months on end, starting in A.D. 535, a strange, dusky haze robbed much of the earth of normal sunlight. Crops failed in Asia and the Middle East as global weather patterns radically altered. Bubonic plague, exploding out of Africa, wiped out entire populations in Europe. Flood and drought brought ancient cultures to the brink of collapse. In a matter of decades, the old order died and a new world—essentially the modern world as we know it today—began to emerge. In this fascinating, groundbreaking, totally accessible book, archaeological journalist David Keys dramatically reconstructs the global chain of revolutions that began in the catastrophe of A.D. 535, then offers a definitive explanation of how and why this cataclysm occurred on that momentous day centuries ago. The Roman Empire, the greatest power in Europe and the Middle East for centuries, lost half its territory in the century following the catastrophe. During the exact same period, the ancient southern Chinese state, weakened by economic turmoil, succumbed to invaders from the north, and a single unified China was born. Meanwhile, as restless tribes swept down from the central Asian steppes, a new religion known as Islam spread through the Middle East. As Keys demonstrates with compelling originality and authoritative research, these were not isolated upheavals but linked events arising from the same cause and rippling around the world like an enormous tidal wave. Keys's narrative circles the globe as he identifies the eerie fallout from the months of darkness: unprecedented drought in Central America, a strange yellow dust drifting like snow over eastern Asia, prolonged famine, and the hideous pandemic of the bubonic plague. With a superb command of ancient literatures and historical records, Keys makes hitherto unrecognized connections between the "wasteland" that overspread the British countryside and the fall of the great pyramid-building Teotihuacan civilization in Mexico, between a little-known "Jewish empire" in Eastern Europe and the rise of the Japanese nation-state, between storms in France and pestilence in Ireland. In the book's final chapters, Keys delves into the mystery at the heart of this global catastrophe: Why did it happen? The answer, at once surprising and definitive, holds chilling implications for our own precarious geopolitical future. Wide-ranging in its scholarship, written with flair and passion, filled with original insights, Catastrophe is a superb synthesis of history, science, and cultural interpretation.

Metals Culture and Capitalism

Author: Jack Goody
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107029627
Format: PDF, ePub
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A landmark exploration of the role of metals across Europe and Asia from the Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution.

Fifa Mafia Die schmutzigen Gesch fte mit dem Weltfu ball

Author: Thomas Kistner
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426423758
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Aktuelle Erkenntnisse aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft - Ein Denkanstoß aus dem Jahrbuch »Querdenken 2014« Steht hinter den Fußballweltmeisterschaften eine »Fifa-Mafia«? Der renommierte Sportjournalist Thomas Kistner beleuchtet die Kriminalgeschichte des weltgrößten Sportverbandes.

Origin

Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3732542211
Format: PDF, Mobi
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ILLUMINATI, SAKRILEG, DAS VERLORENE SYMBOL und INFERNO - vier Welterfolge, die mit ORIGIN ihre spektakuläre Fortsetzung finden. Die Wege zur Erlösung sind zahlreich. Verzeihen ist nicht der einzige. Als der Milliardär und Zukunftsforscher Edmond Kirsch drei der bedeutendsten Religionsvertreter der Welt um ein Treffen bittet, sind die Kirchenmänner zunächst skeptisch. Was will ihnen der bekennende Atheist mitteilen? Was verbirgt sich hinter seiner "bahnbrechenden Entdeckung", das Relevanz für Millionen Gläubige auf diesem Planeten haben könnte? Nachdem die Geistlichen Kirschs Präsentation gesehen haben, verwandelt sich ihre Skepsis in blankes Entsetzen. Die Furcht vor Kirschs Entdeckung ist begründet. Und sie ruft Gegner auf den Plan, denen jedes Mittel recht ist, ihre Bekanntmachung zu verhindern. Doch es gibt jemanden, der unter Einsatz des eigenen Lebens bereit ist, das Geheimnis zu lüften und der Welt die Augen zu öffnen: Robert Langdon, Symbolforscher aus Harvard, Lehrer Edmond Kirschs und stets im Zentrum der größten Verschwörungen. Jetzt das eBook herunterladen und in wenigen Sekunden loslesen!

Mysteries of the Middle Ages

Author: Thomas Cahill
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307755142
Format: PDF, Mobi
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From the bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, a fascinating look at how medieval thinkers created the origins of modern intellectual movements. After the long period of decline known as the Dark Ages, medieval Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today, from the entry of women into professions that had long been closed to them to the early investigations into alchemy that would form the basis of experimental science. On visits to the great cities of Europe-monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto-acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world. BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Thomas Cahill's Heretics and Heroes.