Great Leaps Forward: Modernizers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America / Edition 1

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Part of the Connections: Key Themes in World History series, this book presents students and general readers with a brief, accessible, but scholarly overview of the nationalist movements that sought to transform less-developed societies in response to the rapid rise of the West after 1820.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131998483
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Series: Connections Series for World History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 225,713
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cyrus Veeser earned his Ph.D. in history at Columbia University, where his dissertation won the Bancroft prize. He has been a Fulbright and NEH fellow as well as a fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center. He is currently associate professor of history at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents



The West Invents Modernity

Was there an Industrial Revolution?

The Industrial Revolution and Western Power

Shock and Awe in the Periphery

The Premodern World

From Premodern to Modern

Coming to Grips with the West

Catching the West: Precocious Egypt

Catching the West: Meiji Japan

The Periphery Fights Back

Modernization in the Colonies

The Structure of this Book

1. Porfirio Díaz: Importing Modernity

Spain’s Jewel in the Crown

Rich Colony

Struggling Republic

Years of Chaos

La Reforma and the French Invasion

The Rise of Porfirio Díaz

Díaz in Power

Modernizing Mexico

The Díaz System

Premodern Mexico

Railroads: Touchstones of Modernity

The American Connection

Exports versus Indians

Indians and Immigrants

Industrializing Mexico

The New Economy Breeds Unrest

Educating the Masses

Toward the Revolution


Porfirio Díaz, Memorias

Mexico through American Eyes

A Cientifico Analyzes the Porfiriato

Díaz Campaign Image

2. Menelik II: Africa’s Modernizing Lion

An Ancient People

An Ambitious King

Appropriating European Power

Italy’s Empire in Africa

Fortifying Shoa

Menelik Becomes Emperor

Imperial Rivalries

The Battle of Adowa

Suddenly “Civilized”

Repercussions of Adowa

Forging a Centralized State

Economic Change

Menelik’s Concessions



Menelik Writes to the King of Italy

Ethiopia from a British Diplomat’s Perspective

Ethiopia’s Economy through American Eyes

Ethiopian Railroad Stock Certificate

3. Sun Yatsen: Revolutionary Outsider

The World’s Greatest Premodern State

Barbarians at the Gate

Self-Strengthening to Save the Empire

Sun Yatsen and the Overseas Chinese

From Medicine to Politics

From Reformer to Revolutionary

Revolution from Afar

The Boxers

Blueprint for a New China

A Decade of Change

Creating the Republic

Developing China

A Second Revolution

Unlikely Anti-Imperialist

Redefining the Three Principles



Sun Yatsen Pleads for Reform, 1894

Sun Yatsen Issues the Republican Manifesto, 1912

Sun Yatsen Explains the Principle of Livelihood,1912

A Picture of Rural Life In China

4. Mustafa Kemal: Muslim Modernity

Europe’s “Other”
Early Efforts at Reform
Reforming a Multicultural Empire
The Rise of Mustafa Kemal
The Young Turks
Mustafa Kemal, War Hero
From Empire to Republic
A Revolutionary Republic
The First Wave
The New Woman
Modernizing the Mind
Reforming the Language
“Turkification” or Westernization?
Failed Opposition
Modernizing the Economy
Legacy of Reform

Mustafa Kemal’s Great Speech

The Idea of the Republic

Abolishing the Sultanate

Suppressing the Republic’s Enemies

Early Reforms




Infrastructure and Industry


National Identity


Social Engineering

Modernization and the Cold War

Modernization or Westernization?


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