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Overview

A History of the Modern World is a careful, well-written narrative of major events from the late Middle Ages to the political and religious conflicts at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It offers a wide-ranging survey that helps readers understand both the complexities of great events (e.g., the French Revolution, the First World War, or the collapse of great imperial systems) and the importance of historical analysis. It also provides a careful summary of the modern political changes that have affected the social and cultural development of all modern cultures.


Throughout the book's lifetime, A History of the Modern World has been hailed as an elegantly written historical narrative, filled with analysis and balanced historical insights as well as its traditional attention to the processes of historical change, conflict, and political transformations. The tenth edition has been updated to include the clear maps, the survey of global economic connections, the chronologies, the illustrations, and the up-to-date bibliographies that today's students need and expect.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070408265
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1259

Meet the Author

R.R. Palmer received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, his PhD from Cornell University, and honorary degrees from the Universities of Uppsala and Toulouse. He taught at Princeton University, Washington University, and Yale University before retiring in 1977. The author of Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution, Age of the Democratic Revolution, The World of the French Revolution, and The Improvement of Humanity: Education and the French Revolution, Palmer has also translated such books as Georges Lefebvre's, Coming of the French Revolution, Louis Bergeron's, France Under Napoleon, and Jean-Paul Bertaud's, Army of the French Revolution and has served as editor and translator of From Jacobin to Liberal: Marc-Antoine Jullian, 1775-1848. He served as President of the American Historical Association in 1970 and has been the recipient of the Bancroft Prize, 1960 and The Antonio Feltrinelli International Prize for History in Rome, 1990.

Joel Colton received his B.A. from City College of New York and his PhD from Columbia University. He served as Professor of History at Duke University from 1947-1989, as the Director of Research and Fellowship Programs in Humanities at the Rockefeller Foundation and as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include Compulsory Labor Arbitration in France, 1936-1939, Leon Blum: Humanist in Politics(for which he won the Mayflower Award), and Twentieth Century and he has made numerous contributions to journals, encyclopedias and collaborative volumes.

Lloyd Kramer received his M.A. from BostonCollege and his PhD from Cornell University. He is currently Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he specializes in Modern European History with an emphasis on 19th century France, Global History and cross-cultural exchanges in Modern World History. His publications include Threshold of a New World: Intellectuals and Exile Experience in Paris, 1830-1848; Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions; Nationalism: Political Cultures in Europe and America, 1775-1865. He is co-editor of Learning History in America: Schools Cultures and Politics and has contributed "Literature, Criticism, and Historical Imagination: The Literacy Challenge of Hayden White and Dominick LaCapra" to The New Cultural History.

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Table of Contents

Preface
A Few Words on Geography 1
I The Rise of Europe 9
II The Upheaval in Christendom, 1300-1560 46
III Economic Renewal and Wars of Religion, 1560-1648 106
IV The Establishment of West-European Leadership 160
V The Transformation of Eastern Europe, 1648-1740 210
VI The Struggle for Wealth and Empire 250
VII The Scientific View of the World 286
VIII The Age of Enlightenment 314
IX The French Revolution 361
X Napoleonic Europe 417
XI Reaction Versus Progress, 1815-1848 453
XII Revolution and the Reimposition of Order, 1848-1870 500
XIII The Consolidation of Large Nation States, 1859-1871 542
XIV European Civilization, 1871-1914 583
XV Europe's World Supremacy 642
XVI The First World War 695
XVII The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union 732
XVIII The Apparent Victory of Democracy 777
XIX Democracy and Dictatorship 805
XX The Second World War 834
XXI The Postwar Era: The Age of the Superpowers 867
XXII Empires into Nations: The Developing World 919
XXIII A World Endangered: The Cold War 978
XXIV A World Transformed 1011
Appendix I: Chronological Tables 1068
Appendix II: Rulers and Regimes 1095
Appendix III: Historical Populations of Various Countries and Cities 1101
Bibliography 1106
Illustration Sources 1226
Index 1229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    History is Evil to Me!

    I used to enjoy history until my teacher assigned this book in my sophomore year of HIGH SCHOOL! But after I got used to the writing and started outlining it, I realized it is probably the best history book out there. I learned more in one chapter then I have in all my other years of history. My suggestion is to take notes on the chapters and buy this book if it's only issued to you in high school, the imformation is so valuable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    Oustanding!

    One of THE best History textbooks ever written. Genious as well as clear and understandable. Clearly the apex of European history works. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Monumental

    When I was in high school, back in the days when there was still a Soviet Union,we studied the Sixhh Edition of this magnificent text. I've since completed an advanced degree and have yet to find a textbook in any subject as complete and thorough as Palmer. I've also yet to find more than a handful that were more time consuming to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2001

    Excellent Reading

    This book provides great insight into the history of Europe. Its readings are clear and precise, and the main themes of the different European ages become evident everytime one reads. Great Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    Recommended if you have good eyes

    The book is well-written and described every aspects of european history well, but the letters were small, and each page is like a thousand words and more. Beside that, there are not enough pictures. I took Ap modern European in high school last year, and I remembered I had no idea anything about european history, so it was hard for me at the beginning without any pictures or maps to tell me what war took place where. Though, I got use to it after a couple hundred pages (with my sore eyes, that made me to get glasses)and got interested...especially after 1603.....:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Difinitive Anaylisis

    This is the best book to introduce someone to World History. It, however, is Euro-centrist. The authors qualify that bias in the beginning pages of the book. Even so it mentions Chinese and Japanese history and development.

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