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A Concise History of the Modern World: 1500 to the Present
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A Concise History of the Modern World: 1500 to the Present (Hardback)

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By investigating the major changes in world history during the past 500 years, this book explains to what extent world forces have been responsible for shaping both the past and the present. This book tells of the rise and fall of empires and civilizations, and recounts the growing communality and interdependence of nations. It shows how so many problems of the contemporary world are the legacy of an unprecedented era of western domination - the end of which was hastened by the two world wars. In explaining how the world has come to be what it is, the book examines the implications surrounding the end of the Cold War, the unravelling of communism in Eastern Europe, and the growing challenge of the non-western world to western superiority. It is the author's belief that we have reached a transitional stage in world history in which the world will no longer be shaped by the single image of western modernism, but increasingly by the image of all cultures and civilizations. With the shift of geopolitical and geoeconomic power to Asia, and with the growing worldwide influence of religious fundamentalism and revolutionary nationalism, the need for a global perspective has become acute.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relations Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 30/06/1998 ISBN-13: 9780333687932  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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WILLIAM WOODRUFF is Graduate Research Professor (Emeritus) in Economic History at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He holds degrees from the universities of Oxford, London, Nottingham, and Melbourne (honorary). He has lectured extensively in Europe, Asia, America, and Australasia. He has been professor in residence at a number of universities, including the Freie Universitat, Berlin, Waseda University, Tokyo, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and St Antony's College, Oxford. His research in world history and global development has received the support of the Houblon-Norman Committee of the Bank of England, the Fulbright Committee, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Japan Society for the Advancement of Science. Woodruff's books include Impact of Western Man, America's Impact on the World, The Struggle for World Power, The Emergence of an International Economy and a best-selling memoir The Road to Nab End. His writings have been widely translated.

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