Saturday, January 24, 2009

Three Early Modern Utopias or The Birth of the Modern World 1780 1914

Three Early Modern Utopias: Utopia, New Atlantis, The Isle of Pines

Author: Thomas Mor

With the publication of Utopia (1516), Thomas More provided a scathing analysis of the shortcomings of his own society, a realistic suggestion for an alternative mode of social organization, and a satire on unrealistic idealism. Enormously influential, it remains a challenging as well as a playful text. This edition reprints Ralph Robinson's 1556 translation from More's original Latin together with letters and illustrations that accompanied early editions of Utopia.
This edition also includes two other, hitherto less accessible, utopian narratives. New Atlantis (1627) offers a fictional illustration of Francis Bacon's visionary ideal of the role that science should play in the modern society. Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines (1668), a precursor of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, engages with some of the sexual, racial, and colonialist anxieties of the end of the early modern period. Bringing together these three New World texts, and situating them in a wider Renaissance context, this edition--which includes letters, maps, and alphabets that accompanied early editions--illustrates the diversity of the early modern utopian imagination, as well as the different purposes to which it could be put.

Look this: Arbeitsvolkswirtschaft

The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons

Author: C A Bayly

This thematic history of the world from 1780 to the onset of the First World War reveals that the world was far more ‘globalised’ at this time than is commonly thought.

• Explores previously neglected sets of connections in world history.

• Reveals that the world was far more ‘globalised’, even at the beginning of this period, than is commonly thought.

• Sketches the ‘ripple effects’ of world crises such as the European revolutions and the American Civil War.

• Shows how events in Asia, Africa and South America impacted on the world as a whole.

• Considers the great themes of the nineteenth-century world, including the rise of the modern state, industrialisation and liberalism.

• Challenges and complements the regional and national approaches which have traditionally dominated history teaching and writing.

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