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The Late Nineteenth-century World and the Emergence of a Global Radical Culture

ilham Khuri-Makdisi

in The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism, 1860-1914

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262010
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262010.003.0002
The Late Nineteenth-century World and the Emergence of a Global Radical Culture

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In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, numerous groups of people throughout the world began agitating for social justice, using similar interrelated discourses, adopting comparable terminologies and praxis, and circulating their ideas through print, performance, and word of mouth. Globalization fated faster and greater circulation of capital, commodities, and labor, as well as the building of necessary infrastructures: extensive railway networks, port expansions, the digging of the Suez and Panama Canals, the establishment of various steamship lines connecting the four continents, banks and money-wiring services, and the like. It was also associated to the growing and faster circulation of information and ideas through the increased flows of people, but also through new media. It is within this framework that radicalism can be best understood, both as an indicator as well as a maker of globalization.

Keywords: social justice; globalization; Suez Canal; Panama Canal; praxis

Chapter.  9393 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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