Reflections on the Modern and the Global

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Over the past five hundred years, historians and other social scientists have perceived an extraordinary occurance: the transition from the Middle Ages, via the Renaissance, to modernity. Equally remarkable has been the transition taking place in the last fifty years from modernity to globalization, a period marked by increasing interdependency and interconnectivity, as evidenced by events such as the advent of the computer. Bruce Mazlish argues that in order to understand ourselves in the world today we need to know more about the nature of both concepts.

Mazlish discusses the transition in terms of "reflections." Rather than adding to the enormous amount of archival research that already exists, he instead examines slices of modernity―the way of seeing, the sense of self, for example―as if under a microscope. He sees modernity as strongly marked by its insistence on freedom of political and religious thought and the rights of man (later expanded to include women). Such changes did not happen all at once, but as a gradual development. While some prefer to contemplate the transition from the modern to the global as a continuous, seamless development, Mazlish argues that post-WWII developments are best understood in terms of a break or a "rupture."

Illustrating that the process was further accelerated by the computer revolution and the launching of artificial satellites, Mazlish places the events of 1989 in the framework of globalization. He concludes by inquiring further into the significance of the transition from modernity to globalization and its impact upon thought and identity.

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Bruce Mazlish was professor emeritus of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Leader, The Led, and the Psyche; The Revolutionary Ascetic, In Search of Nixon The Riddle of History; Reflections on the Modern and the Global, and Globalization and Transformation.

 

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“In a series of short portraits of historical eras and their thinkers, Mazlish captures the changing ways that Western societies have understood the self and visualized the world as they moved from medieval to modern life. . . The book’s most interesting claim is that consciousness is being reshaped yet again by the forces of globalization.”

—G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

“Tracing the origins of global consciousness through five centuries of history is in itself a daring venture, to do so with concise clarity a remarkable achievement. Bruce Mazlish accomplishes that by employing the scholarship and insights of a long and distinguished career in a wisely personal essay. The categories of analysis and the focus on individual thinkers make for an engaging seminar open to readers at every level of discovery or expertise.”

—Raymond Grew, University of Michigan

“This book is a beautifully written reflection combining academic expertise with a deep concern about the future of humanity. Mazlish leads the reader through an array of themes ranging from Western intellectual history to the emergence of capitalism and the contours of globalization.”

—Dominic Sachsenmaier, Jacobs University, Germany

“Written with the sure hand of a distinguished intellectual historian of Europe, Mazlish’s ‘reflections’ offer stimulating explorations of a provocative thesis: the contemporary transition from a specifically European modernity to globalization and a new consciousness of humanity. The conciseness of the essays belies the wealth of knowledge and insight that informs them. The essays are stimulating for the specialist. They should also make great teaching material.”

—Arif Dirlik, author, Global Modernity: Modernity in the Age of Global Capitalism

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