Marks2intro - INTRODUCTION THE RISE OF THE WEST? In the...

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I NTRODUCTION T HE R ISE OF THE W EST ? In the introduction, the author discusses the topic of the book, and how others have approached it. The book addresses the large question: How did the modern world—the one that we live in— come into being? The modern world, according to the author, consists of many things, but he is especially interested in how the world became an industrial one, organized politically into nation-states with a substantial history of warfare, and marked by a large and growing gap between the wealthiest and poorest parts of the world. Most previous explanations of the origins of the modern world have focused on Europe and the storyline of the “rise of the West,” because for the last 150–200 years, Europeans have, in fact, dominated the world. That led historians and others to search within Europe for the reasons for European dominance, giving rise to various theories about the extent to which Europe was a special, unique case in world history. These are “Eurocentric” explanations of the origins of the modern world.
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