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Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World by Benjamin Schmidt (review)

Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World by Benjamin Schmidt... Book Reviews gives less consideration to the forms of collective modernity that may, in fact, have been much more powerful in shaping humans' relation ships with the natural world (his work is after all not an environmental history). The clearest point of conjunction between the books is the fact that "modernity" is far more powerful as a slogan than a histor ical experience, and that a widespread agreement that a modern age exists animates individuals and collectives regardless of whether there is agreement on what constitutes this age. It is in environments outside of the agricultural lowlands where European (including Russian) cul tures sustain themselves that modernity seems both to come into clear est focus and require its most urgent application. Modernity's transport to the earth's coldest limits, though, has been accompanied as much by confusion and suffering as conquest, and it is entirely uncertain if the concept has survived this encounter with anything left to recommend it. ryan tucker jones University of Auckland Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe's Early Modern World. By benjamin schmidt. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 448 pp. $85.00 (cloth). Benjamin Schmidt's work is part of a new generation of books that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe’s Early Modern World by Benjamin Schmidt (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 27 (1) – Jul 21, 2016

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Book Reviews gives less consideration to the forms of collective modernity that may, in fact, have been much more powerful in shaping humans' relation ships with the natural world (his work is after all not an environmental history). The clearest point of conjunction between the books is the fact that "modernity" is far more powerful as a slogan than a histor ical experience, and that a widespread agreement that a modern age exists animates individuals and collectives regardless of whether there is agreement on what constitutes this age. It is in environments outside of the agricultural lowlands where European (including Russian) cul tures sustain themselves that modernity seems both to come into clear est focus and require its most urgent application. Modernity's transport to the earth's coldest limits, though, has been accompanied as much by confusion and suffering as conquest, and it is entirely uncertain if the concept has survived this encounter with anything left to recommend it. ryan tucker jones University of Auckland Inventing Exoticism: Geography, Globalism, and Europe's Early Modern World. By benjamin schmidt. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 448 pp. $85.00 (cloth). Benjamin Schmidt's work is part of a new generation of books that

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 21, 2016

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