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Introduction to Part II

from Part II - The Transition to Modernity and the Making of Global Society

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 July 2023

Barry Buzan
Affiliation:
London School of Economics and Political Science
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Chapter 3 has set out a sufficiently full sketch of CAPE society to provide a good sense of what the nineteenth-century turn towards modernity was a transition from. The questions to be answered in this second part of the book are two. First, what was that transition to? In other words, what is ‘modernity’? And second, what was the nature of the transition itself? It is clear that the CAPE era ended. But it is less clear that modernity has properly or fully begun. Are we still within a transition period somehow parallel to that between the hunter-gatherer and CAPE eras? Or has history accelerated so much that the transition was very quick, perhaps only a few decades, and we are now fully into the modern era? What did the shift out of the CAPE era towards the modern one involve, both materially and in terms of social structure? How did this shift unfold over the last two-plus centuries, and where are we now? This sets up for Part III, which looks at where this unfolding seems to be heading.

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Making Global Society
A Study of Humankind Across Three Eras
, pp. 157 - 164
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction to Part II
  • Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Book: Making Global Society
  • Online publication: 27 July 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009372169.008
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  • Introduction to Part II
  • Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Book: Making Global Society
  • Online publication: 27 July 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009372169.008
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  • Introduction to Part II
  • Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Book: Making Global Society
  • Online publication: 27 July 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009372169.008
Available formats
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