The Cambridge Dictionary of Modern World History
A new comprehensive guide to the main global events, personalities and themes which have shaped the modern world published by Cambridge University Press.
In a world where we take for granted the ability to communicate instantly across vast distances and time, world history has come of age. We increasingly reflect on history from a position which no longer privileges Europe or the West, and from a global perspective which ranges from the Pacific Rim to the Balkans, and from Latin America to the Middle East. Compiled by an international team of contributors, area editors and general editors, The Cambridge Dictionary of Modern World History provides a much needed guide to the main global events, personalities and themes from the eighteenth century to the present. Major themes of war, politics, society and religion are covered, alongside more recent subjects within the discipline; from globalization and the environment to transnational social movements and human rights.
World history does not fall into neat categories and much of the traditional periodization historians use is Eurocentric or fits into an outdated model of the ‘rise of the West’. This new edition addresses this issue by bringing world history right up to date to the early twenty-first century, including events such as the Arab Spring, conflicts in Islam and the rise of new global economic powers. With almost 2,500 entries, this essential new work is suitable for scholars and students, and the general public alike.
Jacket illustration: World Map, 1960, mosaic by Luis Cristino da Silva in centre of compass rose at the foot of Monument to Discoveries (Padrao dos Descobrimentos), on bank of Tagus river, Belem district, Lisbon, Portugal, twentieth century. (De Agostini / W. Buss, Getty Images)
256 x 185mm
Published by Cambridge University Press
Please note this edition is not illustrated