This thematic history of the world from 1780 to the onset of the First World War reveals that the world was far more â€˜globalisedâ€™ at this time than is commonly thought. Explores previously neglected sets of connections in world history. Reveals that the world was far more â€˜globalisedâ€™, even at the beginning of this period, than is commonly thought. Sketches the â€˜ripple effectsâ€™ of world crises such as the European revolutions and the American Civil War. Shows how events in Asia, Africa and South America impacted on the world as a whole. Considers the great themes of the nineteenth-century world, including the rise of the modern state, industrialisation and liberalism. Challenges and complements the regional and national approaches which have traditionally dominated history teaching and writing.