Malden , Mass. Few scholars could be better qualified to write this book than Christopher Bayly. Professor of Imperial History at Cambridge , he has an exceptional grasp of the comparative history of empires and he wears his learning lightly. The present work develops the approach of his earlier overview, Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World Longman, , in which he set the British Raj in India not so much in the comparative filter of rival European projections upon the wider world, but rather within the context of the rhythms of rise and contraction among other Asian empires. The result is a giant of a book that will remain a landmark study.

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You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Would you like to change to the site? To write a history of this kind, the author must possess a command of his sources All these Bayly enjoys in abundance. Readers will enjoy an invigorating and enriching experience. A brilliantly told global story. As an accomplished and innovative historian, Bayly has the rare ability not just to indicate the need for a 'global approach to historical change' but also to deliver, with scrupulous regard for the complexity of his subject.

Empire and genocide, nationalism and modernity - these are grand themes enough for many a work of history, but they do not exhaust the range of Bayly's ambition and erudition. It is a tribute to Bayly's skill that his discussion can be read with as much profit by those who are familiar with the historical debates he engages with as by those previously innocent of them.

This is a book that historians, foreign policy elites and protagonists on both sides of the debate need to read Bayly has produced the most compelling and significant historical synthesis to appear for many years.

Bayly holds the reader's attention across a history of kingdoms In turn, what he delivers is a fascinating challenge to contemporary understandings of globalisation, religious belief and the threads of Empire. Bayly not only deftly summarises a startling range of complex previous literature, as well as integrating it effectively into his bigger picture, but also pushes many of those theoretical debates forward.

Bayly's analytical approach merits high praise and the wealth of information he presents is admirable. Undetected location. NO YES. The Birth of the Modern World, - Selected type: Paperback. Added to Your Shopping Cart. This is a dummy description. Explores previously neglected sets of connections in world history. Shows how events in Asia, Africa and South America impacted on the world as a whole.

Considers the great themes of the nineteenth-century world, including the rise of the modern state, industrialisation and liberalism. Challenges and complements the regional and national approaches which have traditionally dominated history teaching and writing. About the Author C. He is winner of the Wolfson History Prize for his distinguished contribution to the writing of history.

Table of contents List Of Illustrations. List Of Tables And Maps. The Organization Of The Book. Peasants And Lords. The Politics Of Difference. Harbingers Of New Political Formations.

The Activist, Patriotic State Evolves. Critical Publics. Convergent Revolutions, — Contemporaries Ponder The World Crisis. Nationalities Versus States And Empires. Between World Revolutions, C. Emigration: A Safety Valve. Convergence Or Difference?. Reviewing The Argument. Industrialisation And The New City:. Historians, Industrialisation And Cities. The Progress Of Industrialisation.

Working Class Politics. Nation, Empire And Ethnicity: C. When Was Nationalism?. Whose Nationalism?. Where We Stand With Nationalism. A World Of Nation States?. From Globalisation To Inter-Nationalim. Inter-Nationalism In Action. Dimensions Of The Modern State. The State And The Historians. Problems Of Defining The State.

Tools Of The State. State, Economy And Nation. Righteous Republics World-Wide. Representing The Peoples. Science In Global Context. Professionalisation At World Level. Empires Of Religion:. The View Of Recent Historians. Formalising Doctrines And Rites. Pilrimage And Globalisation. Religious Building. Religion And The Nation. Arts And Politics. Arts And The People — Towards World Literature.

Conclusion: Arts And Societies. The Reconstitution Of Social Hierarchies:. Change And The Historians. Why Rural Subordination Survived.

Challenges To The Gentry. Surviving Supremacies. Continuity Or Change?. The White Deluge — Conclusion: The Great Acceleration: C.

Summing Up: Globalisation And Crisis — Global Interconnections — August Reviews "With its dazzling erudition and its vast scope, The Birth of the Modern World is a masterpiece of distance-annihilating synthesis…At a stroke, all other general histories of the nineteenth century have become parochial…I cannot think of any living historian who could match this feat.

The rest of us must simply applaud. Features A thematic history of the world from , the pivotal year of the revolutionary age, to the First World War, which ripped apart the contemporary system of states and empires.

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The cover of C. Bayly's new book is stunning. A handsome black man stands poised, next to the bust of a European philosopher. Blazoned across the corner of the cover is 'A Masterpiece', the judgement of Niall Ferguson, current favourite historian of the US media, on Bayly's book.


C.A. Bayly - The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914

From the desk where I am writing, I look out across an Oxfordshire valley from the edge of the village of Cumnor. On the far side of the valley is a vast, rather ugly Victorian mansion named Oaken Holt. It was built by Sir William Wilson Hunter , the historian and imperial civil servant who conducted the most important statistical survey of British India. Many of the key themes of the "long 19th century" came together in Hunter's career: the making of global empire, the huge, pernicious influence of racial theories he interpreted all Indian history as a struggle between superior and inferior "races" , the ever-growing power of the modern state, the gathering of statistics as a key tool of that power, and its classifying, rationalising agenda. It was all lucrative enough for Hunter to build Oaken Holt with the proceeds.


The Birth of the Modern World, 1780 - 1914

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