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From the Publisher"In this compelling and lucidly written overview of global interactions during the early modern period, Charles Parker convincingly argues that the 'integration of global space' is a defining feature of early modernity. Synthesizing scholarship on trade, migration, biological exchange, and cultural encounters-as well as labor and environmental history-Parker tracks the growth of interdependent inter-continental relationships and the emergence of universal forms of knowledge across the globe."
-Laura Hostetler, University of Illinois, Chicago
"Charles Parker balances the story of Europe's Atlantic empires with the contemporary experiences of empire in southern, eastern, and northern Eurasia. He then knits together these imperial centers with chapters on trade, migration, ecology, and culture, providing a trans-Eurasian perspective on four centuries of early-modern world history."
-Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh
"This book fills an increasingly important place in the literature on early modern Europe and globalization. Parker is utterly persuasive when he argues that the early modern period deserves to be singled out in the history of globalization, and the material in this study is presented cogently, sensibly, and quite compellingly."
-Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington
"In his Global Interactions, Charles Parker has produced an intelligent, effective and up-to-date synthesis of the new ways in which early modern world history has been reconceptualized. He strikes a balance between elements of political economy and culture, and also takes on board important themes of migration and ecology. This is a balanced, thoughtful and clearly written work that should be used widely in university classrooms."
-Sanjay Subrahmanyam, University of California, Los Angeles
"Parker's insightful new book examines the myriad influences of cross-cultural encounters in the early modern age and how these encounters impacted early global societies. Recommended." -Choice
"...well organized, clearly written, and covers a multitude of global phenomena." -William E. Burns, Canadian Journal of History
"This book, clearly, will describe 'sustained interactions' and 'interdependent relationships' (11) rather than the ascendancy of Europe." -European History Quarterly