The Origins of the Modern World
- A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century, 2nd Edition (World Social Change)
- Narrated by: Michael Sears
- Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 24-03-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
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.
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By Amazon Customer on 06-08-17
I listened to the audible and will now read the kindle version.
This is an interesting book. Recommended for history and sociology interests with environmental issues given consideration.
By colleen on 06-11-15
the truth of the modern world.
great book! it's a lot to take in but well worth it. a little difficult, as there is so much going on. every one should learn the truth about globalization and how it works, and its origins. it will make you angry or feel something.