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The Age of Interconnection

A Global History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century

Jonathan Sperber

05 January 2023

ISBN: 9780190918958

688 pages

In Stock

Price: £30.99



A monumental and accessible global history of the second half of the twentieth century, from the end of World War Two to the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, offering readers the most complete portrait of the age available.

  • First major global history of the entire era
  • Clear-eyed, narrative-based organization
  • Creative and illustrative use of maps, graphs, statistics

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Sperber, Curators' Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, University of Missouri

Jonathan Sperber is Curators' Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Missouri. His previous book, Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in biography.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: The Material World
    Chapter 1: Nature
    Chapter 2: Disease
    Chapter 3: Technologies
    Part 2: Interactions
    Chapter 4: Markets
    Chapter 5: Migrations
    Chapter 6: The Powers
    Part 3: Varieties of the Social
    Chapter 7: Societies
    Chapter 8: Labor
    Chapter 9: Leisure
    Chapter 10: Consumers
    Part 4: Dreams and Nightmares
    Chapter 11: Beliefs
    Chapter 12: Murder
    Chapter 13: Utopias
    Epilogue: The Zeroes
    Select Bibliography


"Jonathan Sperber has provided the first genuinely global history of the late twentieth century. It is a work of massive intelligence and erudition, beautifully rendered in eloquent and moving prose. Sperber really shows how interconnections work, and how apparently unrelated trends or events fit in with each other. A must-read for anyone interested in global order, and in the precarious legacy the twentieth century left for the new millennium." - Harold James, author The War of Words: A Glossary of Globalization

"A preeminent historian of the nineteenth century has turned his attention to the second half of the twentieth, with spectacular results. Jonathan Sperber tackles the largest and most important themes head-on, with intellectual energy and a remarkable command of telling detail. The Age of Interconnection is bold, original, imaginatively organized, and exceptionally well written. This is a deeply serious book that is also exciting to read, a true tour de force." - David Blackbourn, author of The Conquest of Nature and the forthcoming Germany in the World, 1500-2000: A Global History

"A truly brilliant, gripping, and readable history of the 1945-2001 world, making a very persuasive case that globalization is the main thread for economics, politics, and sociology in moving toward not utopia but at least a world in which a smaller proportion of us are in dire want and desperate fear." - J. Bradford DeLong, author of Slouching to Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century