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A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era, presenting instead a truly global history of breathtaking scope and towering erudition. He examines the powerful and complex forces that drove global change during the “long nineteenth century,” taking readers from New York to New Delhi, from the Latin American revolutions to the Taiping Rebellion, from the perils and promise of Europe’s transatlantic labor markets to the hardships endured by nomadic, tribal peoples across the planet. Osterhammel describes a world increasingly networked by the telegraph, the steamship, and the railways. He explores the changing relationship between human beings and nature, looks at the importance of cities, explains the role slavery and its abolition played in the emergence of new nations, challenges the widely held belief that the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of the nation-state, and much more.

Explorers, colonizers and adventurers in Africa:

  • Richard Burton, Zanzibar

    Richard Burton, Zanzibar

    In the preface, Burton attempts to explain why he has taken so long to publish this material, which dates back for the most part to 1858, and had been rediscovered and returned to him in 1865, but was only appeared in 1872. The reasons he gives do not include what Read More
  • The Asante and the Dutch

    The Asante and the Dutch

    This is a study of the administration and government of the West African kingdom of Asante between 1744 and 1873. The book analyses the nature and development of the pre-colonial state, and traces the history and character of the Asante-Dutch relationship from the early 18th century until the Dutch departure Read More
  • Robert Norris, Memoirs of the Reign of Bossa Ahádee: King of Dahomy, 1789

    Robert Norris, Memoirs of the Reign of Bossa Ahádee: King of Dahomy, 1789

    One of the first European accounts of the kingdom of Dahomey. Read More
  • Karl Peters, New light on dark Africa, 1891

    Karl Peters, New light on dark Africa, 1891

    Carl Peters, 1856 – 1918, was a German colonial ruler, explorer, politician and author, the prime mover behind the foundation of the German colony of East Africa (in today's Tanzania). A proponent of Social Darwinism and the Völkisch movement, his attitude towards the indigenous population made him one of the most Read More
  • Narrative of a voyage to Senegal in 1816 undertaken by order of the French Government

    Narrative of a voyage to Senegal in 1816 undertaken by order of the French Government

    Carl Peters, 1856 – 1918, was a German colonial ruler, explorer, politician and author, the prime mover behind the foundation of the German colony of East Africa (in today's Tanzania). A proponent of Social Darwinism and the Völkisch movement, his attitude towards the indigenous population made him one of the most Read More
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Explorers, colonizers and adventurers in Central Asia:

  • Sven Hedin, Adventures in Tibet

    Sven Hedin, Adventures in Tibet

    The favourable reception accorded to my book, Central Asia and Tibet, has emboldened me to prepare a cheaper and more popular edition. This, although of course based upon the longer work, has been entirely re-written from beginning to end specially for the present issue. The halo of romance and the magic of the unknown which have for so long drawn the adventurous as by a magnet to the mysterious land of Tibet have now been Read More
  • Sven Hedin, The Silk Road

    Sven Hedin, The Silk Road

    This vivid book reflects that exciting expedition ¬ the constant mishaps, serious accidents and dangers; the immensity of China; the divergent ethnic groups; the ambitious generals; and the brigands. Read More
  • Sven Hedin, Overland to India

    Sven Hedin, Overland to India

    The very name of India is alone sufficient to fire the imagination of the reader. He fancies he hears the murmur Of warm winds among the palms and mango trees, and thinks Of the teeming life and the continual struggle for existence in tropical jungles. He seems to see the brilliant trains of Indian princes, swarming crowds of dusky Hindus, grand troops of elephants, tigers trying to escape from the bloodthirsty hunters, gilded pagodas, and Read More
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European imperialism:

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Secondary sources:

  • Erik Ringmar, Liberal Barbarism: The European Destruction of the Palace of the Emperor of China, 2013

    Erik Ringmar, Liberal Barbarism: The European Destruction of the Palace of the Emperor of China, 2013

    This book discusses the Anglo-French military campaign in North China in 1860 and the destruction of Yuanmingyuan, the imperial palace compound north-west of Beijing. More generally the book deals with European imperalism in China (and elsewhere) in the 19th century and tries to make sense of the curious fact that civilized people often behaved in the most barbarian of ways. Read More
  • Jurgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century, 2015

    Jurgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century, 2015

    A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era, presenting instead a truly global history of breathtaking scope and towering erudition. He examines the powerful and complex forces that drove global change during the "long nineteenth Read More
  • British Battles

    British Battles

    Welcome to Britishbattles.com the site that gives you the battles fought by Britain and its Empire forces from the 18th Century to the end of the 19th Century, illustrated and mapped. Click on the battle you wish to view in the left margin list. The battles are listed chronologically by war. We are constantly adding new battles to the collection. Read More
  • Colonial Film Catalogue

    Colonial Film Catalogue

    Welcome to Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire. This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. Over 350 of the most important films in the catalogue are presented with extensive critical notes written by our academic research team. Read More
  • Erik Ringmar,

    Erik Ringmar, "The Making of the Modern World," 2017.

    This book is designed to be a ‘Day 0’ introduction to International Relations. As a beginner’s guide, it has been structured to condense the most important information into the smallest space and present that information in the most accessible way. The chapters offer a broad sweep of the basic components of International Relations and the key contemporary issues that concern the discipline. The narrative arc forms a complete circle, taking readers from no knowledge to Read More
  • Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy

    Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy

    The Great Divergence brings new insight to one of the classic questions of history: Why did sustained industrial growth begin in Northwest Europe, despite surprising similarities between advanced areas of Europe and East Asia? As Ken Pomeranz shows, as recently as 1750, parallels between these two parts of the world were very high in life expectancy, consumption, product and factor markets, and the strategies of households. Perhaps most surprisingly, Pomeranz demonstrates that the Chinese and Read More
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