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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Intercultural Transfers and the Making of the Modern World, 1800-2000

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ISBN 9780230243538
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

For far too long, the history of the modern era has been written as a history of isolated nation states. This book which presents both interpretation and primary source documents challenges a nation-centred account, exploring the interconnected and interrelated nature of societies in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Responding to the burgeoning interest and number of courses in global and world history, Intercultural Transfers and the Making of the Modern World introduces both the methods and materials of transnational history. Case studies highlight transnational connections through the examples of cooperatives, housing reform, education, eugenics and non-violent resistance. By embracing the interconnected nature of human history across continents and oceans and by employing the concept of intercultural transfer, Adam explores the roots and global distribution of major transformations and their integration into local, regional, and national contexts. This is an invaluable resource for the study of global, world and transnational history.

THOMAS ADAM Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. He is the author of Buying Respectability: Philanthropy and Urban Society in Transnational Perspective, 1840s to 1930s and editor of the three-volume encyclopaedia Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History.

Introduction: The Nature of Intercultural Transfer
Cooperatives and Capitalism: The Democratization of the Economy
Better Housing for Better Citizens: Octavia Hill's Worldwide Appeal to Housing Reform
Better Citizens for a Better Future? The Transnational Transfer of Eugenics
From Memorization to Problem-Solving: Maria Montessori's Contribution to School Reform in the Twentieth Century
Change Through Non-Violence: The Rationalization of Conflict Solution
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'An exemplary set of case studies in transnational history.' - Ian Tyrrell, Scientia Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Australia
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