World Connecting 1870-1945

ISBN-10: 0674047214
ISBN-13: 9780674047211
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1090
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 3.916
Language: English

Between 1870 and 1945, advances in communication and transportation simultaneously expanded and shrank the world. New technologies erased distance and accelerated the global exchange of people, products, and ideas on an unprecedented scale. A World Connecting focuses on an era when growing global interconnectedness inspired new ambitions but also stoked anxieties and rivalries that would erupt in two world wars—the most destructive conflicts in human history.In five interpretive essays, distinguished historians illuminate the tensions that emerged from intensifying interconnectedness and attempts to control and shape the effects of sweeping change. Each essay provides an overview of a particular theme: modern state-building; imperial encounters; migration; commodity chains; and transnational social and cultural networks. With the emergence of modern statehood and the fluctuating fate of empires came efforts to define and police territorial borders. As people, products, capital, technologies, and affiliations flowed across uneasily bounded spaces, the world both came together and fell apart in unexpected, often horrifying, and sometimes liberating ways.A World Connecting goes beyond nations, empires, and world wars to capture the era’s defining feature: the profound and disruptive shift toward an ever more rapidly integrating world.

Emily Rosenberg specializes in U.S. foreign relations in the twentieth century and is the author of SPREADING THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EXPANSION, 1890-1945 (1982); FINANCIAL MISSIONARIES TO THE WORLD: THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF DOLLAR DIPLOMACY (1999), which won the Ferrell Book Award; A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE: PEARL HARBOR IN AMERICAN MEMORY (2004); and TRANSNATIONAL CURRENTS IN A SHRINKING WORLD, 1870-1945 (2014). Her other publications include (with Norman L. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition (2003), and numerous articles dealing with foreign relations in the context of international finance, American culture, and gender ideology. She has served on the board of the Organization of American Historians, on the board of editors of the American Historical Review, and as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Charles S. Maier is Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University and author of Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany.

Tony Ballantyne is Professor of History at the University of Otago.

Introduction
Leviathan 2.0: Inventing Modern Statehood
Introduction
The World Is "Weary of the Past
Reconstruction on a World Scale
The Human Zoo
States of Exception
Empires and the Reach of the Global Tony Ballantyne and Antoinette Burton
Introduction
Reterritorializing Empires
Remaking the World
Global Empires, Transnational Connections
Migrations and Belongings
Introduction
A Longue-Dur�e Perspective
The Global and the Local
Migrations, Free and Bound
Migrations during War and Depression
The Aftermath of War and Decolonization
Commodity Chains in a Global Economy
Introduction
Transformations
The Sinews of Trade
Commodity Chains
Transnational Currents in a Shrinking World
Introduction
Currents of Internationalism
Social Networking and Entangled Attachments
Exhibitionary Nodes
Circuits of Expertise
Spectacular Flows
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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