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Forging the Modern World

A History

Second Edition

James Carter and Richard Warren

Publication Date - July 2018

ISBN: 9780190901899

432 pages
Paperback
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

Explores the ways historians use and produce information to explain key transformations in global economic, political, and ideological relationships since the sixteenth century

Description

In Forging the Modern World: A History, Second Edition, authors James Carter and Richard Warren offer an accessible explanation of key transformations in global economic, political, and ideological relationships since the sixteenth century. The book is distinct from most world history texts in three important ways. First, it explores the ways in which historians use and produce information. Each chapter delves deeply into one or two specific issues of historical inquiry related to the chapter theme, showing how new primary sources, methodologies, or intellectual trends have changed how we engage with the past. Second, it clearly explains the political, economic, and ideological concepts that students need to understand in order to compare events and trends across time and space. Finally, the chapters are organized around global historical themes, which are explored through an array of conceptual and comparative lenses. While the book chapters proceed chronologically, each chapter is written with some chronological overlap linking it to preceding and subsequent chapters. This strategy emphasizes the interconnectedness between the events and themes of one chapter and those of surrounding chapters.

New to this Edition

  • A new feature--"Historians Explore"--in each chapter introduces a historiographical debate, innovative new scholarship, or controversial approaches to historical events
  • Updated scholarship provides students with a clearer understanding of a variety of topics
  • Introductory vignettes are now contextualized with discussion questions
  • An improved chapter organization includes a consistent number of subsections in each chapter
  • A new companion sourcebook, edited by James Carter and Richard Warren, offers 6-7 readings per chapter

About the Author(s)

James Carter is Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University.

Richard Warren is Professor of History at Saint Joseph's University.

Reviews

"Forging the Modern World offers a succinct introduction to the modern era in world history, and manages to do so without engaging in oversimplification. The authors convey this history while simultaneously providing useful lessons about how professional historians research, write, and debate understandings of the past, making it not only an accessible primer in world history but also an introduction to the historical profession."--Christopher Ferguson, Auburn University

"Forging the Modern World is among the best modern world history books on the market today. It is well written, concise, and focuses on the key historical processes that have shaped the modern world. It also comes with a relatively low price, which helps students on a tight budget."--J. Justin Castro, Arkansas State University

"Forging the Modern World's major strength is its accessibility for students. The narrative is concise and readable yet still does a wonderful job of including major scholarship and relevant interpretation. I know my students are reading this book-for the first time in years, students are making comments or asking questions in class that refer to material in the text. This allows for classroom discussions and opportunities for me to expand on topics that students would have glazed over in previous texts."--Suzanne Shoaf Smith, Cape Fear Community College

Table of Contents

    List of Maps
    Acknowledgments
    About the Authors

    Introduction: Forging the Modern World
    What is this Book About?
    The Modern World
    Sources and Methods
    Practicing History
    Recommended Reading
    Agency and Contingency
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 1. The Many Worlds of the Fifteenth Century, 1405-1510
    Political and Economic Order on the Afro-Eurasian Supercontinent
    The Rise and Fall of States in Afro-Eurasia
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: THE VOYAGES OF ZHENG HE
    American Empires of the Fifteenth Century
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 2. The New Global Interface, 1486-1639
    The Conquest Era
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: INDIGENOUS POPULATION DECLINE
    From Conquest to Colonialism
    A World Connected
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 3. The Paradoxes of Early Modern Empire, 1501-1661
    The Words and Deeds of Empire Building
    Tangled Loyalties and the European Wars of Religion
    Collapse and Restoration of Empire in China
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: THE QING CONQUEST
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 4. Production and Consumption in the First Global, 1571-1701
    Agricultural Production
    Staple Foods
    The Sugar-Slave Plantation System
    Global Trade Networks
    Silver and Global Economy
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: SILVER MINING IN SPANISH AMERICA
    States and Economic Activity
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Reads

    Chapter 5. Global War and Imperial Reform, 1655-1765
    Consolidating the Center: Modernizing Monarchies
    The Question of Control in the Atlantic Seaborne Empires
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: THE SLAVE TRADE
    The Path to World War Zero
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 6. A New Order for the Ages, 1755-1839
    What is Enlightenment?
    Revolution and Reaction
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: HOW RADICAL WAS THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION?
    The Collapse of Iberian Empires in the Americas
    New Challenges of Political Organization
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 7. The Engines of Industrialization, 1787-1868
    What is Revoluationary about Industrialization?
    Spinning the Industrial Revolution Story
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
    Life During the Industrial Revolution
    The Transformation of Global Power Relations
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 8. Modernity Organized, 1840-1889
    Reform versus Revolution
    Nation and Citizen in the Western Hemisphere
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: ABOLITION, MIGRATION, AND THE GLOBAL LABOR FORCE
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 9. Globalization and Its Discontents, 1878-1910
    The New Imperialism and Neo-colonialism
    The Impact of Imperialism in Africa and India
    Sovereignty and Conflict in East Asia
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: THE SINO-JAPANESE WAR
    Challenging Modernity at its Core
    The Price of Progress in the Western Hemisphere
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 10. Total War and Mass Society, 1905-1928
    Theory meets Reality in Modern Warfare
    A Great War
    The Global Repercussions of the Great War
    Negotiating the Future in the Shadow of the Great War
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: LITERATURE AS SOURCES
    Which Way Forward?
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 11. The Ongoing Crisis of Global Order, 1919-1948
    Eurasia After the Great War
    A Communist World Future?
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: FAMINE IN THE UKRAINE
    The Global Economy in the 1920s
    The Collapse of the Post-War Order
    War Without Limits
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 12. Hot Wars, Cold Wars, and Decolonization, 1942-1975
    Uncomfortable Allies Plan the Future
    The Global Cold War
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: KENYA AND DECOLONIZATION
    Economic Development and Nonalignment: Three Worlds?
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Chapter 13. The Many Worlds of the Twenty-first Century, 1972-2012
    Shifts in the Global Political Dynamic
    Transitions in the Communist World in the 1980s
    HISTORIANS EXPLORE: THE END OF THE COLD WAR
    The End of History and Its Quick Return
    Economic Integration
    Conclusion
    A Few Good Books

    Epilogue
    Credits
    Index

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