Skip to main content

Black History Month: Select Books 30% Off

Harvard University Press - home
An Emerging Modern World

An Emerging Modern World


Edited by Sebastian Conrad and Jürgen Osterhammel

ISBN 9780674047204

Publication date: 05/07/2018

Request exam copy

For as long as there have been nations, there has been an “international”—a sphere of cross-border relations. But for most of human history, this space was sparsely occupied. States and regions were connected by long-distance commerce and the spasms of war, yet in their development they remained essentially separate. The century after 1750 marked a major shift. Fleeting connection gave way to durable integration. Culture, politics, and society were increasingly, and indelibly, entangled across continents. An Emerging Modern World charts this transformative period, addressing major questions about the roots of the present from a distinctly global perspective.

Why, for instance, did industrialization begin in England and not in China? Was there early capitalist development outside of the West? Was the Enlightenment exclusively a European event? Led by editors Sebastian Conrad and Jürgen Osterhammel, a distinguished group of historians tackles these issues, along with the roles of nomads and enslaved people in fostering global integration, the development of a bourgeoisie outside Euro-America, Hinduism’s transformation from local practices into a universal system, the invention of pan-Islamic identity, and the causes and effects of the revolution in time regimes. The world appeared to be undergoing such a radical renewal that the impression of an epochal watershed was widespread.

This fourth volume in the six-volume series A History of the World engages the political, economic, social, and intellectual ferment of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries outside Europe and North America. In doing so, it bears witness to the birth of the modern world.


  • Erudite and expansive…An excellent resource for global historians.



  • Sebastian Conrad is Professor of Modern History at the Free University of Berlin.
  • Jürgen Osterhammel is Professor of Modern History at the University of Konstanz.
  • Akira Iriye is Charles Warren Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Harvard University.
  • Jürgen Osterhammel is Professor of Modern History at the University of Konstanz.

Book Details

  • 1096 pages
  • 6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • General editor Akira Iriye and Jürgen Osterhammel