The Global Bourgeoisie. The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire

Dejung, Christof; Motadel, David; Osterhammel, Jürgen (eds.) (2019). The Global Bourgeoisie. The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press

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While the nineteenth century has been described as the golden age of the European bourgeoisie, the emergence of the middle class and bourgeois culture was by no means exclusive to Europe. The Global Bourgeoisie explores the rise of the middle classes around the world during the age of empire. Bringing together eminent scholars, this landmark essay collection compares middle-class formation in various regions, highlighting differences and similarities, and assesses the extent to which bourgeois growth was tied to the increasing exchange of ideas and goods. The contributors indicate that the middle class was from its very beginning, even in Europe, the result of international connections and entanglements. Essays are grouped into six thematic sections: the political history of middle-class formation, the impact of imperial rule on the colonial middle class, the role of capitalism, the influence of religion, the obstacles to the middle class beyond the Western and colonial world, and, lastly, reflections on the creation of bourgeois cultures and global social history. Placing the establishment of middle-class society into historical context, this book shows how the triumph or destabilization of bourgeois values can shape the liberal world order. The Global Bourgeoisie irrevocably changes the understanding of how an important social class came to be.

Item Type:

Book (Edited Volume)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Modern and Contemporary History

UniBE Contributor:

Dejung, Christof

Subjects:

900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe
900 History > 950 History of Asia
900 History > 960 History of Africa
900 History > 970 History of North America
900 History > 980 History of South America

ISBN:

9780691195834

Publisher:

Princeton University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christof Dejung

Date Deposited:

18 Nov 2019 08:02

Last Modified:

18 Nov 2019 08:02

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Globalgeschichte, Geschichte, Sozialgeschichte, Bürgertum, Imperialismus

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134652

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