The global ‘turn’ in historical studies was an indirect response to the perceived decline of the nation-state, the huge flows of capital across the world, and the rise of Asia in the international economy that occurred in the 1990s. Much of the new global history consisted of comparison and analogy at world level, though analogy, as Freud once said, is the weakest form of analysis. This volume demonstrates, however, that a global perspective can be combined with significant revisions in regional and national histories. Two interconnected questions emerge from the book. First, what determined the ‘age of revolutions’ as a period of global historical time? Second, what were its defining characteristics and consequences?
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