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The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century Paperback – Illustrated, 5 July 2019

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1538127032
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1538127032
  • Customer reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 112 ratings

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By far the best of the current world history books on the market. Its main strengths lie in its non-Eurocentric viewpoint, its clear narrative, and its brevity. I would (and have) unreservedly recommended the book to colleagues teaching in the field as well as to others seeking a quick introduction to the history of the world.--Sarah Kovner, University of Florida

Splendid, fresh, forceful, and efficient. Marks has a clear focus on the Eurocentrism of most of the textbooks on world history, and he has developed an effective, solidly grounded strategy to counter the problem. The ideas are challenging, and the prose is readable and engaging. Ideal for introductory surveys of world history.--Edward L. Farmer, University of Minnesota

Always the favorite when it comes to incisive world history agenda-setting, The Origins of the Modern World has a fully developed overview, one that is big on humans and the history of the environment and encourages critical thinking on a global scale.--Edmund Burke III, University of California at Santa Cruz

I love this book--and more important, students do as well. Nothing beats it for putting global perspectives on the table in a readable and intelligent way.--Thomas Saylor, Concordia University

In accessible prose, Robert Marks distills world history of the past six centuries to its essence. Truly global in scope, and fully attentive to environmental contexts, this book is ideal for the classroom: it will provoke both thought and discussion--and occasional disagreement.--John R. McNeill, Georgetown University

Terrific! It's far and away the best of its type I've found in over thirty years of teaching. It's clear, succinct, and yet wonderfully comprehensive. It brings together all the current thinking in world history in about as nice a package as can be imagined.--Paul Solon, Macalester College

This new edition accentuates the book's strengths while remaining compact, highly readable, and easy to connect with contemporary concerns. Fair-minded but not bland, it has the potential to spark classroom discussion that conventional textbooks rarely have, while providing a helpful basic narrative around which to organize an appealing world history class.--Kenneth Pomeranz, University of Chicago

About the Author

Robert B. Marks is Richard and Billie Deihl Professor of History at Whittier College. His books include China: Its Environment and History (Rowman & Littlefield). He is the recipient of Whittier College’s Harry W. Nerhood Teaching Excellence Award.

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