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The Rise of the Rich

A New View of Modern World History

Peter Gran

Publication Year: 2009

"The rise of the West" has long been the accepted doctrine for framing analyses of world history. Privileging a Eurocentric approach, this traditional paradigm obscures the significance of the indigenous rich in non-Western regions and fails to recognize the contributions of the Orient. In this book, Peter Gran seeks to reframe current historical debates, presenting a model of analysis based on the rise of the rich. Gran outlines the structure of this new paradigm, building upon metanarrative concepts from Marxism to liberalism.

Published by: Syracuse University Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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p. v

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pp. vii-x

This work, which has been ongoing with a few interruptions since the late 1990s, has benefited from the help of many individuals and a number of institutions and funding bodies. It gives me pleasure here to be able to express a word of appreciation for what they did. My own institution, Temple University, and my own ...

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pp. xi-xxx

This book is a contribution to the rethinking of modern world history. It introduces the outline of a new metanarrative, one that I call the “Rise of the Rich,” which attempts to overcome some of the difficulties currently confronted by historians in interpreting modern and contemporary world ...

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1. Modern World Economic History Between Liberalism and Political Economy

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pp. 1-25

Although many in the field of world history are aware of the shortcomings of the Rise of the West paradigm, the main trend remains one of trying to preserve it, possibly by reforming it as opposed to abandoning it for something better. In this chapter I look at the attempts at reformism ...

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2. Modern World Political History Between Libera lism and Political Economy

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pp. 26-59

Whereas in the previous chapter we concentrated on economics and history, in this chapter we will focus on politics and history. What we find are more examples of how New Liberalism is attempting to prop up Hegel. New Liberals appear to recognize that to do so at this point ...

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3. The Rise of the Rich in Early Modern Times, 1550–1850

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pp. 60-99

In this chapter we survey early modern history in terms of the Rise of the Rich. My main concern here is determining what went wrong heretofore with the main concepts upon which the analysis of this period has been based, resulting in the narrow Eurocentric approach that now prevails ...

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4. The Age of Multilateralism: The World after 1850

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pp. 100-147

In a Rise of the Rich paradigm interpretation, the period from 1850 to the present, i.e., contemporary history, is the age of multilateralism, a period during which one sees the banding together of a growing number of the world’s dominant elements in an increasing interdependency ...

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5. The “Rise of the Rich” Paradigm Applied to the Contemporary United States

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pp. 148-188

This chapter looks at contemporary U.S. history as a part of the Rise of the Rich. It tries to reconcile two seemingly contradictory features of this paradigm that coexist in contemporary history, one pointing to the role of the United States as world policeman, implying a certain centralization ...


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pp. 191-218


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pp. 219-240


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pp. 241-269

E-ISBN-13: 9780815650720
E-ISBN-10: 0815650728
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815631712
Print-ISBN-10: 0815631715

Page Count: 236
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 780371044
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  • History, Modern.
  • Rich people -- History.
  • Rolf, Malte.
  • Economic history.
  • World politics
  • Upper class -- History.
  • Social classes -- History.
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