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How Enlightenment Europe rediscovered its identity by measuring itself against the great civilizations of Asia

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Jurgen Osterhammel is Distinguished Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). He is a recipient of the 2017 Toynbee Prize and the 2018 Balzan Prize for Global History. His books include The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (Princeton).


"Brilliant. . . . It takes a book like this to move the debate beyond talking points and open your eyes to a wider context."-Michael Savage, Quillette
"[A] remarkably wide-ranging, original and thoroughly scholarly study."-Robert Irwin, Literary Review
"Sensible and intelligent."-Joan-Pau Rubies, Times Higher Education
"Erudite, original, and lively. Osterhammel defends the Enlightenment from the charge of Eurocentrism and portrays in sparkling detail its humane legacy of self-criticism and communication with other cultures."-Harry Liebersohn, author of The Travelers' World: Europe to the Pacific

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