Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400-1800

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Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age is an interdisciplinary introduction to cross-cultural encounters in the early modern age (1400-1800) and their influences on the development of world societies. In the aftermath of Mongol expansion across Eurasia, the unprecedented rise of imperial states in the early modern period set in motion interactions between people from around the world. These included new commercial networks, large-scale migration streams, global biological exchanges, and transfers of knowledge across oceans and continents. These in turn wove together the major regions of the world. In an age of extensive cultural, political, military, and economic contact, a host of individuals, companies, tribes, states, and empires were in competition. Yet they also cooperated with one another, leading ultimately to the integration of global space.
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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521868662
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Essential Histories Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Parker is Professor of History at St Louis University. He has published extensively on the religious and cultural history of early modern Europe, with a focus on the Low Countries. His books include Faith on the Margins: Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age (2008); The Reformation of Community: Social Welfare and Calvinist Charity in Holland, 1572–1620 (2006); and a co-edited volume, From the Middle Ages to Modernity: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World (2008). His articles and essays have appeared in the Journal of World History, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, the Journal of Religious History, and the Journal of Early Modern History.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: the global integration of space; 1. European states and overseas empires; 2. Asian states and territorial empires; 3. International markets and global exchange networks; 4. The movement of peoples and diffusion of cultures; 5. The formation of new demographic and ecological structures; 6. The transmission of religion and culture; Conclusion: the landscapes of an altered world.
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