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Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400–1800

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521688673

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  • Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age is an interdisciplinary introduction to cross-cultural encounters in the early modern age (1400–1800) and their influences on the development of world societies. In the aftermath of Mongol expansion across Eurasia, the unprecedented rise of imperial states in the early modern period set in motion interactions between people from around the world. These included new commercial networks, large-scale migration streams, global biological exchanges, and transfers of knowledge across oceans and continents. These in turn wove together the major regions of the world. In an age of extensive cultural, political, military, and economic contact, a host of individuals, companies, tribes, states, and empires were in competition. Yet they also cooperated with one another, leading ultimately to the integration of global space.

    • Focuses on cross-cultural history
    • Combats traditional Eurocentric narratives
    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together religious, cultural, economic, political, social and environmental history
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    'Provides an interesting discussion of trade, migration, disease and religion, bringing together and summarising existing knowledge, for example of maps. It works as the introductory text it is designed to be.' History Today

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521688673
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 7 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the global integration of space
    1. European states and overseas empires
    2. Asian states and territorial empires
    3. International markets and global exchange networks
    4. The movement of peoples and diffusion of cultures
    5. The formation of new demographic and ecological structures
    6. The transmission of religion and culture
    Conclusion: the landscapes of an altered world.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Age of Explorations, 1400-1800
    • Confusions of Pleasure: Early Modern Culture in China and Europe
    • Early Modern Capitalists
    • Early Modern Empires
    • Early Modern Europe
    • Economics of Development
    • Modern Europe
    • New Worlds: The Age of Discovery and Its Consequences
    • Perspectives: World to 1800
    • Renaissance to Revolution
    • Western Civilization & America
    • World Civilizations (1400 to present)
    • World History ll
  • Author

    Charles H. Parker, St Louis University, Missouri
    Charles Parker is Professor of History at St Louis University. He has published extensively on the religious and cultural history of early modern Europe, with a focus on the Low Countries. His books include Faith on the Margins: Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age (2008), The Reformation of Community: Social Welfare and Calvinist Charity in Holland, 1572–1620 (2006), and a co-edited volume, From the Middle Ages to Modernity: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World (2008). His articles and essays have appeared in the Journal of World History, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, the Journal of Religious History, and the Journal of Early Modern History.

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