After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. In turn, what he delivers is a fascinating challenge to contemporary understandings of globalisation, religious belief and the threads of Empire." To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. Explores previously neglected sets of connections in world history. Blackwell History of the World. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. - Volume 29 Issue 2 All these Bayly enjoys in abundance. Because Mr. Bayly does't say what that could be: perhaps their history prior to the encounter vis a vis the white man wasn´t that interesting to tell after all. Global history has become hugely fashionable in the last decade or so, and alongside Pomeranz's Great Divergence, Bayly's The Birth of the Modern World is one of its leading titles. I am struggling with this currently - feels like school at the moment. The style is certainly that of a text book, but it manages to do something extraordinary. The last 30 or 40 years resemble the late 19th Century in that barriers to trade and movements of people and capital have diminished because of technological change and political initiatives by global powers. Global history has become hugely fashionable in the last decade or so, and alongside Pomeranz’s Great Divergence, Bayly’s The Birth of the Modern World is one of its leading titles. Malden, M.A. Hopefully my review will explain the issues I have with this book). Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, 1780–1914: Global Connections and Comparisons. Hard to read (difficult words), but the depth and width is awesome. 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." More concise, less tangential, with a better understanding of the limits of the genre. The reasons we are in chaos and progress is so much more clear now. A brilliantly told global story." In this wide-reaching history of impressive geographical and theoretical scope, Bayly synthesizes the latest research on such topics as the causes of the industrial revolution and the rise of nationalism, weighing in authoritatively with cross-cultural comparisons to support his arguments. Religion in Bayly was not necessarily a backward looking conservative force - it was dynamic, and changeable. The book, written by someone who is not a specialist in Western Europe, shows the myriad "modernities" that started emerging in the long 19th century and showing how the Western, eventually dominant one, interacted with them. With this similarity in mind, C.A. Bayly (1945-2015) was Vere Harmsworth Professor of History in the University of Cambridge and a fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, from 1970 until 2015, and a leader in the field of global history. Bayly rejects an eurocentered view and insists that global history reveals parallel developments all over the world, only with timelags. In 1780 it was still possible to speak of regional histories with a degree of independence. Quite a well written book of a period in history that has had wide ranging effects for the present and into the future. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. With this similarity in mind, C.A. Some of the chapters are definitely weaker than others (i.e. Introduction 1. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 4, 2015. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. And always after some encounter with the white man from the West, first Europe, then the English-speaking world. Two of the best aspects for me: making causal connections between Asia and North America, often with Europe moving back and forth between them; and his theory of "empires of religion" has sparked new lines of thought about the my own investigations into the internationalist and ecumenical movement. Find books The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830–1970, After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000, Bai Ganyo: Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference. I don't think any other book has so changed my view of 19th century history and it is very well written, cogent, convincing and very well backed by research data, reference and woven together into an amazing tapestry of great learning and breadth of perspective. Bayly does good job broadening perspectives on evolution of world history. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Christopher Bayly, professor of history at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, to the Chair of the Countries and Cultures of the South in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. C.A. A hard read, but the man is an expert and the range of detail Bayly covers is astonishing. Intéressantes perspectives: toutes les régions du monde franchissent à peu près les mêmes étapes dans leur développement vers la modernité mais de manière asynchrone (ce qui crée des tensions). Readers will enjoy an invigorating and enriching experience." This is a book that is a must-read when you're interested in the debate on the "Great Divergence", the discussion about how and why Europe succeeded in dominating the world from the 18th Century on. This thematic history of the world from 1780 to the onset of the First World War reveals that the world was far more ‘globalised’ at this time than is commonly thought. The Birth of the Modern World: 1780-1914. To see what your friends thought of this book. One thing is clear though: the author didn't like the way the world progressed in the long 1780-1914 period described. When thinking about global history, I read this in juxtaposition with Hobsbawm, and though I enjoyed the reading process of Hobsbawm more, there are things Bayly does better too. 1 The World Crisis, c.1900–1930: Europe and the “Middle East” 12. I don't think any other book has so changed my view of 19th century history and it is very well written, cogent, convincing and very well bac. I had just finished Tony Judt's utterly fantastic 'Post War' and I thought I'd go backwards in history and this was highly recommended. As a note at the start of this review, I started this book at the second section (the book has four sections, each comprising close to 120 pages), which began with 1815, as this book is monstrously long and I was reading for a specific period, not just for fun. This is a bloody good book. Christopher Bayly and the Making of World History xiii. A very thought-provoking global history of the "long" nineteenth century, even perhaps worthy of toppling Hobsbawm's masterpiece. None of the great themes of the nineteenth-century world the rise of the modern state, industrialisation, liberalism, imperialism, and the progress of world religions is untouched by the novel perspectives of this compelling new history. 3 Authoritarianism and Dictatorship Worldwide, c.1900–1950 49. Considers the great themes of the nineteenth-century world, including the rise of the modern state, industrialisation and liberalism. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. -- Our professor said it best. One of the books I had to read and review for my new history class - so I won't review it in its entirety here. © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. If there will ever be a beast called "chaos theory of history," its protagonists will surely number Christopher Bayly among their ancestors. It also packs surprisingly little depth in its near five hundred pages. Must be read by everyone who is interested in history. Anyone interested in the 19th century should read this. Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2018, On the virtues of biting off more than you can chew, Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2011. 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." At the end. The obvious comparison is Osterhammel's The Transformation of the World, and I much preferred Bayly. The style is certainly that of a text book, but it manages to do something extraordinary. In his topical/thematic approach, he added a great deal of context to the conventional Western appreciation of "the long nineteenth century" and helped the novice to better understand Africa, South America and especially Asia in that timeframe. Definitely interesting and certainly not the worst I have read. When thinking about global history, I read this in juxtaposition with Hobsbawm, and though I enjoyed the reading process of Hobsbawm more, there are things Bayly does better too. My problem, though, is not so much with the argument as with the way it is made. Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices. I need to think through this some more. Religion in Bayly was not necessarily a backward looking conservative force - it was dynamic, and changeable. But it's also a conclusive statement that, aside from being pushed around and bossed, they didn't contribute a thing to the progress of the world. It is a 'thematic history' demonstrating how 'historical trends and sequences of events, which have been treated separately in regional or national histories, … Bayly allows for a much more complex role for religion in the birth of the modern world, for example. C.A. Great novel and very informative. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. C. A. Bayly. The book is turgid, laboured, and I have had to force myself to read until the end. And always after some encounter with the white man from the West, first Europe, then the English-speaking world. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Inevitably the treatment of major figures, of global significance, suffers from the lack of space available (see entries e.g. Best synthesis of 19th century global history I've seen yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Reviewed by Detlev Mares . The Birth of the Modern World, 1780 - 1914 by C. a. Bayly, 9780631236160, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Amazing read. One thing is clear though: the author didn't like the way the world progressed in the long 1780-1914 period described. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Additionally, though events in Europe did certainly impact the world, events around the world "impacted back on that core...shaping new social and political conflicts. Maiden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. xxiv + 540 pp. Brilliant stuff. Friday 06 February 2004 01:00. Convincing overall approach. Christopher Alan Bayly, author of The Birth of the Modern World: 1780-1914, on LibraryThing. We’d love your help. The author seems to have his own advice to the world, to save pain and misery: Dont't move and don't do anything, or you may hurt somebody or get hurt. But at the same time it's the major weakness of the book: the interaction is pushed forward as the innovative element, but not convincingly demonstrated. Europe might have had the lead, but across the globe civilizations, empires and nations received and sent off their own impact to a globalization that created an ever greater uniformity and out of it forged the modern world. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge. What is most interesting is how he shows how global the world was in this period and how much of what happened in Europe was the result of much wider forces. Sketches the ‘ripple effects’ of world crises such as the European revolutions and the American Civil War. Christopher Alan Bayly, author of The Birth of the Modern World: 1780-1914, on LibraryThing. However, that is probably the price to pay for the stringent application of a global perspective, which is the main benefit of the book. Although not for popular consumption this book isn't so bad and mean towards the average mortal taxpayer. With this similarity in mind, C.A. Dominic Lieven, London School of Economics and Political Science, "The impact of this book will be as broad as its originality, currency, and force." There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 2 The World Crisis, c.1900–1930: Africa, Asia and Beyond 29. Discussing every phenomenon (industrialization, rise of the nation state, etc.) "Chris Bayly's erudite and engrossing account of the global birthpangs of modernity is not only a landmark contribution to historical literature but, indirectly and without a hint of overt engagement, a pertinent addition to contemporary debates about globalisation and the world order. 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." London Review of Books, "An enormously important book in its approach to global history, it is also a riveting account of modern warfare, empire, nationalism and religion. There's an interesting emphasis on warfare and it seems like throughout the book he emphasizes the strength of ideas (he sees the idea of class consciousness as more powerful than any real class consciousness, similarly the idea of popular sovereignty is powerful even if it was never widely implemented during the 19th century). Covering the period 17801914, The Birth of the Modern World shows how events in Asia, Africa, and South America from the decline of the eighteenth-century Islamic empires to the anti-European Boxer rebellion of 1900 in China had a direct impact on European and American history. Christopher Alan Bayly was a British historian specializing in British Imperial, Indian, and global history. And conversely, how the ripple effects of crises such as the European revolutions and the American Civil War worked their way through to the rest of the world. The author seems to have his own advice to the world, to save pain and misery: Dont't move and don't do anything, o. He explained why the West was different in that time and place but explained why the struggles of some of the subject peoples and the Asian civilizations did not signal particular "backwardness" or inevitability, nor were they suggestive of future limitations. In this wide-reaching history of impressive geographical and theoretical scope, Bayly synthesizes the latest research on such topics as the causes of the industrial revolution and the ris. The birth of the modern world, 1780-1914 : global connections and comparisons by C. A Bayly ( Book ) 69 editions published between 2003 and 2020 in 7 languages and … December 2nd 2003 How events like the American War of Independence, French Revolution, American Civil War had global causes and consequences. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge. Challenges and complements the regional and national approaches which have traditionally dominated history teaching and writing. I read most of this months ago, and then a little more lately, and...I don't know what to say about it. That said, it is too vague and poor in data/facts (even anecdotes are rare) to be truly outstanding. Global history has become hugely fashionable in the last decade or so, and alongside Pomeranz’s Great Divergence, Bayly’s The Birth of the Modern World is one of its leading titles. Ideally, I think that's how this book should be read." Too many people got hurt on the way, it seems. Bayly''s analytical approach merits high praise and the wealth of information he presents i, 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. But is it the modernity that figures in Bayly's story? But the narrative that the whole world was already interconnected and then many of the changes that emanated in the west were also influenced by other cultures which mostly aren't referenced in history books is compelling and worth checking out more. Article bookmarked. Just halfway through but have already learned about world history. in the context of each continent and major political entity makes for a tiresome read sometimes. Along with Tony Judt's Post War, the best history book I have read in years. - Explores previously neglected sets of connections in world history. Book attempts a comparative approach to world history and rejects euro-centric readings of culture and development. The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons. Shows how events in Asia, Africa and South America impacted on the world as a whole. Explores previously neglected sets of connections in world history. ", Brilliant stuff. Bayly | author1=Bayly, C. A. Bayly Birth Of The Modern World related files: e7d614787caf555e0ae3e785558e9190 Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org) 1 / 1 See 2 questions about The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914…, Best Books About Nineteenth Century History, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Bayly is very revisionist, often rightly so, but this work also has many flaws. By 1914, this was no longer possible. Essentially, the book argues that the modern world was not, contrary to established wisdom, of purely Western creation. Birth of the Modern World 1780 1914 Global Connections & Comparisons by C A Bayly available in Trade Paperback on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. I settled on the three star rating to drive the overall rating down a bit. I believe it to be on balance superb where it succeeds and somewhat flawed where it does not. More concise, less tangential, with a better understanding of the limits of the genre. Bayly's analytical approach merits high praise and the wealth of information he presents is admirable." (Christopher Alan) | year=2004 | publisher=Blackwell Pub | isbn=0631187995 | language=English }} I have no doubt that Bayly presented as "settled" disputes that academics think are not, and I'm sure he cut across thousands of pages of spilled ink in just a few paragraphs (I certainly quibbled with a few of his assertions), but on the whole he did a good job of laying out conventional wisdom, contemporary criticisms, and the trend of modern scholarship on given subjects. The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914 Global Connections and Comparisons Christopher Alan Bayly. Linda Colley, Princeton University, "This brilliant history of the 19th century offers remarkably lucid, supple analyses of the concepts around which this story revolves: modernity, nationalism, imperialism, the state, industrialisation. xxiv + 540, ISBN 0-613-23616-3 (pbk) Few scholars could be better qualified to write this book than Christopher Bayly. To do what he did in a single volume and to still make it readable was quite an achievement. “The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons” – Christopher Bayly, 2004. He was knighted in 2007 for achievements as a historian. 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. Iberoamericana. Bayly's description of the way that the many forces of the era, including nationalism, trade, and massive technological acceleration combined to forge a one world existence. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Bayly's description of the way that the many forces of the era, including nationalism, trade, and massive technological acceleration combined to forge a one world existence. Bayly. 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