How Europe made the modern world : creating the great divergence
- Jonathan Daly.
- London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
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- xv, 229 pages : maps ; 22 cm
- Daly, Jonathan W., author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-212) and index.
- List of Maps Preface Introduction: Alchemy of Civilization
- Chapter 1: The Supremacy of Law
- Chapter 2: A Passion for Travel
- Chapter 3: Tsunami of the Printed Word
- Chapter 4: Rights and Liberties
- Chapter 5: An Anxiety for Knowing
- Chapter 6: The Republic of Letters
- Chapter 7: Breaking with Tradition Conclusion Notes Works Cited Index.
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One thousand years ago, a traveler to Baghdad or the Chinese capital Kaifeng would have discovered a vast and flourishing city of broad streets, spacious gardens, and sophisticated urban amenities; meanwhile, Paris, Rome, and London were cramped and unhygienic collections of villages, and Europe was a backwater. How, then, did it rise to world preeminence over the next several centuries? This is the central historical conundrum of modern times. How Europe Made the Modern World draws upon the latest scholarship dealing with the various aspects of the West's divergence, including geography, demography, technology, culture, institutions, science and economics. It avoids the twin dangers of Eurocentrism and anti-Westernism, strongly emphasizing the contributions of other cultures of the world to the West's rise while rejecting the claim that there was nothing distinctive about Europe in the premodern period. Daly provides a concise summary of the debate from both sides, whilst also presenting his own provocative arguments. Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and including maps and images to illuminate key evidence, this book will inspire students to think critically and engage in debates rather than accepting a single narrative of the rise of the West. It is an ideal primer for students studying Western Civilization and World History courses.
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