North Atlantic Fictions: Global Transformations, 1492–1945
The world became global in the sixteenth century. Europe became Europe in part by severing itself from what lay south of the Mediterranean, but in part also through a Westward move that made the Atlantic the center of the first planetary empires. As such empires overlapped or succeeded one another within the modern world system, they brought populations from all continents closer in time and space. The rise of the West, the conquest of the Americas, plantation slavery, the Industrial Revolution, and the population flows of the nineteenth century can be summarized as “a first moment of globality,” an Atlantic moment culminating in U.S. hegemony after World War II.
KeywordsSixteenth Century Global Flow Global Transformation Blind Faith Modern World System
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