Buy The Birth of the Modern World, Global Connections and Comparisons (Blackwell History of the World) 1st Edition by C. A. Bayly (ISBN. With this similarity in mind, C.A. Bayly’s The Birth of the Modern World makes for fascinating reading. In this wide-reaching history of impressive geographical. C.A. Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World, Global Connections and C.A. Bayly is well known to readers of this journal as a historian of colonial.

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Bayly does’t say what that could be: Best synthesis of 19th century global history I’ve seen yet.

The Birth of the Modern World, 1780 – 1914

Wolfson History Prize What had the State Achieved? Belief systems expanded all over the world in the 19th century by adapting to modernity and making “pacts and concordats As a note at the start of this review, I started this book at the second section the book has four sections, each comprising close to pageswhich began withas this book is monstrously long and I was reading for a specific period, not nirth for fun.

Bayly’s peripheries just echo back to the cores in this natural cyclical tje and it’s like no one ever spread ideas by shooting people. Jan 21, Sense of History rated it liked it Shelves: This isn’t a ‘Europe plus the unimportant bits’ history, this is decidedly a global and thematic history with an active interest in engaging with the historiographical developments of the period. Skip to content Skip to search. thr

Adaptation and Dependency Architecture: Parramatta South Fo Library. He spoke in the debate in the Convention inwhen a unanimous ca.bayly was taken to abolish slavery, and returned to San Domingue after losing his seat in The modern world he is describing was certainly not secular. Bayly scorns the literature on the nature of subaltern speech.

Aug 04, Ruru Ghoshal rated it really liked it Shelves: The University of Melbourne Library.


The last 30 or 40 years resemble the late 19th Century in that barriers to trade and movements of people and capital have diminished because of technological change and political initiatives by global powers. Here I can only identify some key themes and raise some questions.

The emphasis here is not off the antagonistic binaries of classes or of empires, but on processes of interaction and connection.

Were moder equal to white men? Rebellions in China, South Asia, Europe and North America were all global in their origins and consequences, and must be understood as interconnected.

I don’t think any other book has so changed my view of 19th century history and it is very well written, cogent, convincing and very well backed by research data, reference and woven together into an amazing tapestry of great learning and breadth of perspective. I don’t know what to say about it. Christopher Alan Published Malden, Mass.

The Birth of the Modern World, Global Connections and Comparisons by C.A. Bayly

Be the first to add this to a list. No trivia or quizzes yet. Almost every chapter begins with a rather radical critique on earlier historical studies about this period, a reference to recent literature that indicates a shift in view, an elaboration of a new look on things, but not very convincing, to end up with curiously relativist remarks.

Industrialisation And The New City:. Separate different tags with a comma. Postcolonial scholars have taught us how to read and listen differently, to hear voices that once were not heard.

The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons

The emancipated slave is constructed as a powerful and striking figure. Added to Your Shopping Cart. Tools Of The State. There is much to learn from this book and much to admire.

You know, people might get irritated with Marxists sometimes, but at least they pick a theory of change and stick to it.

If you aren’t familiar with some of the debates that Bayly addresses, you might find much of this book to be esoteric and boring.


That said, as long as you have a search engine to hand to look up some of the more unfamiliar words, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book as a moderately challenging if incredibly long take on modern European history.

But then the Zulus, the Tasmanians and so many peoples who pop up in this book and have their place in its sun for once, would still be today doing their own thing, whatever that may be.

But how universalising was that intention? Harbingers Of New Political Formations. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He has a point — but then might it not be appropriate to inquire into those definitions of history and critically evaluate those categories? Oct 15, Josh Brett rated it it was amazing. State Library of NSW. Challenges To The Gentry. Open to the public ; D The Deluge In Practice: His wide range of reading, his grasp of Chinese, Japanese, Iranian and Ottoman histories, alongside the more widely known histories of Europe and North America, is impressive.

As previous readers have said, this book is somewhat dense. It is an intervention in the current debates over globalisation, for he shares the insistence of A.

The University of Queensland. In it was still possible to speak of regional histories with a degree of independence. Challenges and complements the regional and national approaches which c.a.bayl traditionally dominated history teaching and writing. All these Bayly enjoys in abundance. But given this interest in cross-currents and hybridity, why is Bayly so anxious to separate himself from, bjrth polemicise against, the body of work discussing these issues that has been produced by scholars influenced by postcolonial theory in the last decades?