European modernity : a global approach
Title: European modernity : a global approach
Citation: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, Europe's legacy in the modern world. History collection
ISBN: 9781350007079; 9781350007062
It is often taken for granted that modernity emerged in Europe and diffused from there across the world. This book questions that assumption and re-examines the question of European modernity in the light of world history. Bo Strath and Peter Wagner re-position Europe in the global context of the 19th and 20th centuries. They show that Europe is less modern than has been assumed, and modernity less European and thus decentre Europe in a way that makes room for a wider historical perspective. Adopting a thematic structure, the authors reconceive the idea of European modernity in relation to key topics such democracy, industrial revolution and religion.
Table of Contents:
Part I. The Question of European Modernity 1. Introduction: Modernity – Europe – European Modernity 2. What is Europe? Part II. Key Features of European Modernity Reconsidered 3. Europe's Hesitation with Democracy 4. The Industrial and Market Revolution in Global Perspective: The Colonial Heritage and the Social Question 5. European Religion: The Christians and the Others 6. The European: Atom – Individual – Person – Subject? PART III Transformations of European Modernity 7. The Axial Age and Modern Europe 8. The Great Transformation: Organized Modernity for Welfare and Warfare, 1870s - 1960s 9. The New Great Transformation: The Global Challenge of Historical injustice and Movements for Collective Self-determination: 1960s – The present Epilogue Bibliography Index