1st Edition

A Global History of the Developing World

ISBN 9780415692113
Published September 13, 2013 by Routledge
310 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

A Global History of the Developing World takes a sweeping look at the historical foundations of the problems of developing world society. Encompassing Asia, Latin America and Africa, the book centralizes the struggle for self-determination in an attempt to understand how the current nation-states have been formed and what their future may hold. Although concentrating on the modern era, its scope is broad: it covers geography, ancient and modern history, economics, politics and recent events.

The book features twelve chapters, organized into 4 thematic units, each containing one chapter on each of the three continents. These units cover different commonly-experienced phenomena among the peoples of the Developing World: imperialism, nationalism, globalization, and development. The first three are chronological, while the last surveys and analyzes the scholarly debates over the causes of development and underdevelopment. Through these chapters Christopher M. White presents a wide-ranging study of the major themes in studies of the developing world, including slavery, imperialism, religion, free and fair trade, democratization and economic development.

Including detailed profiles of key figures as well as maps and illustrations, A Global History of the Developing World vividly illustrates the culture, personalities and histories of a key subject area. A perfect introduction for all students interested in the developing world in a historical context.

Table of Contents

Contents, Introduction, Part 1: Imperialism, Ch. 1: Latin America and the Caribbean (1492-1898), Ch. 2: Asia (1492-1945), Ch. 3: Africa (1415-1952), Part 2: Nationalism, Ch. 4: Latin America and the Caribbean (1898-1992), Ch. 5: Asia (1945-89), Ch. 6: Africa (1952-1994), Part 3: Globalization, Ch. 7: Latin America and the Caribbean (1992-present), Ch. 8: Asia (1989-present), Ch. 9: Africa (1994-present), Part 4: Development, Ch. 10: Views from Below: Critiques of Colonialism, Imperialism, and Capitalism, Ch. 11: Views from Above: Advocates of Economic Liberalism, Ch. 12: Idealism: Views of Progress for the Future, Death Tolls, Glossary of Terms

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Dr. Christopher M. White is an Associate Professor of History at Marshall University. His research interests include Latin American history, revolutionary movements, and US foreign policy. He is the author of Creating a Third World: Mexico, Cuba, and the United States during the Castro Era (2007) and The History of El Salvador (2008).


'Christopher White has written a stimulating book that will take the reader on a tour of three continents - Latin America, Asia and Africa. The book provides a comprehensive history of the developing world based on the author’s profound knowledge of economic and social history over the last six centuries. The reader is not only provided with a new roadmap of World History but also with an alternative way of understanding key contemporary issues, such as global poverty or inequality. This book is highly recommended for students and their teachers in both social science and history.'

- Katsushi Imai, University of Manchester, UK