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The Global Bourgeoisie


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A new global social history of the middle classNote: This is a simultaneous release. Cloth edition: 9780691195834.

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Christof Dejung is professor of modern history at the University of Bern. David Motadel is associate professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Jurgen Osterhammel is professor emeritus of modern and contemporary history at the University of Konstanz.


"This fascinating book offers readers a genuine global history of social stratification and class structure. A must-read."-Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century
"The first comparative history of the global bourgeoisie, this tour de force opens new vistas on the modern era's most powerful social class. Taking us into the worlds of Chinese textile industrialists, Ottoman merchants, bourgeois Muslims in Berlin, and Bengali economic elites, among others, the authors chart how a connected but hierarchical bourgeoisie emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This milestone of a book demonstrates the great promise of global social history."-Sven Beckert, Harvard University
"The middle classes have long been studied in their own national contexts. This rich collection of erudite, perceptive essays marks a radical departure from that tradition by producing a global history of these classes. It pays scrupulous attention to imperial and universal connections without flattening out any of the historical particularities. Not an empty provocation, the title of this book invites and helps readers to focus on the shared disposition of the middle class. A timely intervention."-Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
"The arguments and content of this exciting and groundbreaking edited volume are new and original. Looking at Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, South America, the Indian subcontinent, and East Asia, The Global Bourgeoisie's breadth and range is truly impressive. Historians concerned with class, imperial and bourgeois cultures, global and transnational history, area studies, and the nineteenth century will be interested in this book."-Gareth Curless, University of Exeter
"The Global Bourgeoisie provides a comparative view of the middle classes and bourgeois cultures that emerged during the nineteenth century. Examining their interconnections, differences, and similarities, this seminal reference gives a profound inside look into diverse parts of the world."-Angelika Epple, Bielefeld University
"This ambitious book will attract a wide readership and not only among those interested in global history. Specialists in many regions around the world will find work pertinent to their scholarship and benefit from the volume's many comparisons and approaches to class formation."-Harry Liebersohn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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