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Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the Modern World from the Mongol Empire to the Present

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BY ROBERT TIGNOR, JEREMY ADELMAN, STEPHEN ARON, STEPHEN KOTKIN, SUZANNE MARCHAND, GYAN PRAKASH, AND MICHAEL TSIN
NEW YORK AND LONDON: W. W. NORTON, 2002
XXXII PLUS 462 PP. PLUS A 49-PAGE APPENDIX CONSISTING OF A PRONUNCIATION
GUIDE, CREDITS, AND INDEX
PAPERBACK FIRST ED. ISBN 0-393-97746-3. $61.25

Reviewed by Jonathan Goldstein

In 1997 W. W. Norton and Company engaged Princeton University Africanist Robert Tignor to create a modern world history survey text “with integration and balance” and “written by a team of regional experts” (xxv). In Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the Modern World from the Mongol Empire to the Present Tignor has produced such a volume. It is very much a Princeton product. Tignor has chaired Princeton’s History Department, all of his authors have taught in that department, one has a Princeton PhD, and the writing of the book was underwritten by Princeton’s 250th Anniversary Fund for undergraduate teaching (xxviii). This Princeton effort compares favorably with Prentice Hall’s Harvard Yale collaboration under Japanologist Albert M. Craig, now headed for a seventh edition and heretofore the most comprehensive modern world history text among many collaborative and single-authored volumes on the American market.1

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