The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century
2 Rev ed
1 Jan 2006
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Robert B. Marks
This clearly written and engaging book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world. Unlike most studies, which assume that the "rise of the West" is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Robert B. Marks defines the modern world as one marked by industry, the nation state, interstate warfare, a large and growing gap between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the world, and an escape from "the biological old regime."