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The Euro-American World

Marcello Carmagnani

in The Other West

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520247987
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947511 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247987.003.0005
The Euro-American World

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A growing comparison of different areas of the world was a defining trait of nineteenth-century civilization, which stopped being solely European and took on an international air, not just because the economic interests of two continents converged but because this new wave of Westernization was marked by the establishment of similar political, economic, social, and cultural institutions on both continents. This assumption, applied to all the sovereign European and non-European states, was reinforced by the growth of free trade and the expansion of multilateral relations. Modern institutions in the Euro-American world made the great discontinuity with the vanished Ibero-American world more striking. Their distinctive feature was precisely the convergence of the national and international dimensions, made possible by new technologies such as mail, telegraph, and telephone.

Keywords: civilization; continents; dimension; telegraph; institution

Chapter.  22035 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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