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C ONCLUSION C HANGES AND C ONTINUITIES In the conclusion, the author summarizes the story of the origins of the modern world as told in this book, and argues that interactions among various parts of the world, not the cultural achievement of any particular part and its diffusion, account for most of the story. The problem then is posed of whether or not the twentieth century represents a continuity of earlier trends, or a significant change in the dynamics of world history; evidence on both sides of the question is cited, and readers are asked to arrive at their own tentative conclusions. Key Terms/Vocabulary Bolshevik Revolution Chinese communist revolution Cold War contingencies ethnic cleansing European Union four tigers Great Depression interactions migration OPEC pentimento World War I World War II Study Questions for the Conclusion: Advanced considerations:
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Unformatted text preview: Does the story (i.e., history) depend on the time and place of the observer? How might the history of the world have been told by people in various parts of the world in 1500? 1750? 1950? Does this mean that history is relative? Or can there be truths about history? Go back and reread the introduction, and especially notes 15 and 16 on pp. 17–18, for additional ideas about this issue. To pursue the topic further, read the book cited in note 15, Telling the Truth about History by Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob. Additional Web Sites to Explore The Environmental Crisis and Western Civilization World War I Post–World War II U.S. Foreign Policy: • • India’s Independence Chinese Communism Soviet Union...
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