Modernity and Culture from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, 1890--1920by Leila Fawaz, C. A. Bayly, Robert Ilbert
Between the 1890s and 1920s, cities in the vast region stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean were experiencing political, social, economic, and cultural changes that had been set in motion at least since the early nineteenth century. As the age of pre-colonial empires gave way to colonial and national states, there was a sense that a particular liberalism of culture and economy had been irretrievably lost to a more intolerant age.Avoiding such dichotomies as East/West and modernity/tradition, this book provides a comparative analysis of contested versions of the concept of modernity. The book examines not only the "high" culture of scholars and the literati, but also popular music, the visual arts, and journalism. The contributors incorporate discussion of the way in which the business in both commodities and ideas was conducted in the increasingly cosmopolitan cities of the time.
Frank F. Conlon
The volume is a major contribution to the growing field of comparative history... Modernity and Culture, although focused on the Middle East and South Asia, will be of broad interest to students and teachers of world history for its explicit content and the stimulation it provides toward fresh conceptions and presentations of two major world regions in a global context.
Frank F. Conlon
This book can be regarded as a landmark achievement in expanding the scope of historical studies... It will provide a most valuable starting point for a new type of comparative studies.
What People are saying about this
A landmark in the scholarship... The collaboration of European and North American scholars in this volume creates a major intellectual achievement. Read as a whole, the diverse studies in this volume combine to create a significant contribution to transcending the conceptual confines of area studies and more traditional approaches to history and the social sciences.
John Voll, Georgetown University
This book breaks new ground in binding the worlds of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf and Mediterranean with contributions from some of the most illustrious South Asian and Middle Eastern scholars. Turning on the axis of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the contributors transcend disciplines in a fusion of history, cultural studies and political economy that sets multiculturalism in exciting new directions.
Eugene Rogan, Oxford University
Meet the Author
Leila Tarazi Fawaz is a professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both at Tufts University.
C. A. Bayly is professor of history at Cambridge University and fellow of St. Catharine's College.
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