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What can be called the long twentieth century represents the most miraculous and creative era in human history. It was also the most destructive. Over the past 150 years, modern societies across the globe have passed through an extraordinary and completely unprecedented transformation rooted in the technological developments of the nineteenth century. The World in the Long Twentieth Century lays out a framework for understanding the fundamental factors that have shaped our world on a truly global scale, analyzing the historical trends, causes, and consequences of the key forces at work. Spanning the 1870s to the present, The World in the Long Twentieth Century explores the making of the modern world as a connected pattern of global developments. Students will learn to think about the past two centuries as a process, a series of political and economic upheavals, technological advances, and environmental transformations that have shaped the "long" twentieth century.
Introduction 1. The Biological Transformation of Modern Times Population Explosion, 1800-2000 Expansion into Challenging Biomes, 1800-2000 A Century of Mass Migrations, 1840-1940 2. Foundations of the Modern Global Economy The Global Development Project, 1850-1930 Scientifi c-Technical Revolution, 1850-1900 Technological Change, Effi ciency, and Growth, 1850-1930 3. Reorganizing the Global Economy Global Commodity Extraction, 1870-1914 Free Trade and Emancipation, 1840-1890 "Free" Trade and Imperialism, 1840-1920 4. Localization and Globalization Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, 1830-1940 Cultural Globalization: Religious Innovation, 1800-1920 Cultural Globalization: Peace and Dance, 1890-1930 5. The Great Explosion The Global Revolutionary Moment, 1890-1923 War for World Domination: Phase I, 1914-1923 The Problem of the Peasant in the 1920s and 1930s 6. New World (Dis)Order War for World Domination: Phase II, 1935-1950 Decolonization and Cold War, 1945-1990 7. High Modernity The Great Acceleration, 1950-1975 The Welfare State, 1950-1975 Development, 1950-1980 8. Revolt and Refusal Counterglobalization, 1960-1980 The Great Deceleration? 1975-1990 The Ecological Moment, 1960-1990 9. Transformative Modernity Real Development, 1975-2000 The New Right, 1968-2000 The Gender Revolution, 1950-2000 10. Democracy and Capitalism Triumphant? The Global Triumph of Democracy after 1980 "Financialization" The End of the World? The End of the "Natural" World The End of the Twentieth Century Notes Select Bibliography Illustration Credits Index
Edward Ross Dickinson is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of The Politics of German Child Welfare, Sex, Freedom and Power in Imperial Germany. He has published and taught on the history of Europe, the environment, gender relations, terrorism, empires, feminism and anti-feminism, social reform, and racial thought.