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Author Wilson, Ben, 1980- author.

Title Heyday : the 1850s and the dawn of the global age / Ben Wilson.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  909.81 WIL    AVAILABLE
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Description xxviii, 477 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Summary "American Midwest to Shanghai, from London to Tokyo, the 1850s was a decade of extraordinary change and upheaval: the world economy expanded fivefold; millions of families emigrated to the ends of the earth to carve out lives in the wilderness; new technologies revolutionized how people communicated; and railways cut across great continents. Steam ships, telegraphs, photographs and pharmaceuticals all proliferated. In Heyday, an epic story of global connections and coincidences, the acclaimed historian Ben Wilson paints a picture of a world on the brink of seismic transformation. He reveals an age of remorseless, breathtaking change that intoxicated contemporaries and convinced them that the future held out the promise of exponential progress. Heyday begins in the rainforests of Malaya. These decades witnessed momentous political revolutions and bloody wars, from the Crimean War to the unifications of Italy and Germany and the American Civil War. Meanwhile, the forces of modernization and the West's insatiable hunger for land, natural resources, and new markets seemed to be blasting down all physical resistance to trade, exploration, and colonization. The supreme self-confidence of the time brought the West into violent conflict with China, Japan, India, and Native Americans. Above all, Wilson argues that this era was driven by the idea that free trade was equivalent to personal and political freedom--a philosophy that has had a long and, some would argue, pernicious afterlife. Following ordinary men and women--including buccaneers in Nicaragua, cocktail drinkers in Minnesota, pirates in Hong Kong, and guerrilla fighters in the Caucasus Mountains--Heyday is an exhilarating tour through the tumultuous period that gave shape to the modern world"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 437-460) and index.
Subject Eighteen fifties.
History, Modern -- 19th century.
Social change -- History -- 19th century.
Globalization -- History -- 19th century.
Free trade -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901.
Great Britain -- Relations.
Imperialism -- History -- 19th century.
Added Title Hey day
ISBN 9780465064250 (hardcover)
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