Global Society: The World Since 1900, 3rd Edition

  • Pamela Kyle Crossley Dartmouth College
  • Lynn Hollen Lees University of Pennsylvania
  • John W. Servos Amherst College
  • ISBN-10: 1111835373  |  ISBN-13: 9781111835378
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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GLOBAL SOCIETY: THE WORLD SINCE 1900 is a globally-oriented narrative in its chronology, geographical integration, and thematic priorities. By focusing on the themes of technology and environment, the Third Edition keeps itself grounded in the material forces affecting global life and includes dynamic pedagogical tools such as maps, tech boxes, and illustrations.

Features and Benefits

  • New themes connect the 20th century with the 21st--including globalization, the environmental impacts of political and economic changes, and Islam and the Middle East.
  • "Global Technologies" boxes appears in every chapter and explains the development of specific technologies and their effect on history. New topics include horseless carriages, tanks, radio, motion pictures, titanium, and genetic engineering.

Table of Contents

1. The World in 1900.
2. Imperialism Encompasses the Pacific, 1900–1914.
3. Great War, Little Peace, 1914–1919.
4. Internationalism, Empire, and Autarchy, 1919–1929.
5. Knowing and Doing: Science and Technology, 1919–1939.
6. The Economic Consequences of War and Peace, 1919–1938.
7. The Murderous Politics of the 1930s.
8. From Regional Wars to Global Conflict, 1936–1946.
9. From the United Nations to a Bipolar World, 1945–1953.
10. Two Poles and Perpetual Crisis, 1950–1964.
11. Border Crossings, 1946–1975.
12. The Many Dialects of Rebellion, 1960–1975.
13. Détente to Disarray: The Breakdown of the Bipolar World, 1969–1981.
14. Reconfigurations of Power, 1981–1991.
15. Global Society in the New Millennium.

What's New

  • Expanded coverage of Southeast Asia and global financial issues including global debt.
  • Updated coverage from global events through 2011.
  • An increase in the amount of maps throughout the text and tighter integration of the technology boxes.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"Generally the chapters in Global Society are superior, because they do a better job of integrating the social and political history."

— Peter Guardino, Indiana University

"The work is very well done and especially so for those who wish to impart to their students a sense of how a knowledge of the past helps bring about a stronger understanding of the present. It is far and away better than its competitors."

— Steven A. Leibo, The Sage Colleges

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Pamela Kyle Crossley

Pamela Kyle Crossley received her Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from Yale University. She is currently the Robert and Barbara Black Professor of History at Dartmouth College. Her books include THE WOBBLING PIVOT: AN INTERPRETIVE HISTORY OF CHINA SINCE 1800; WHAT IS GLOBAL HISTORY?; A TRANSLUCENT MIRROR: HISTORY AND IDENTITY IN QING IMPERIAL IDEOLOGY; THE MANCHUS; ORPHAN WARRIORS: THREE MANCHU GENERATIONS AND THE END OF THE QING WORLD; and (with Lynn Hollen Lees and John W. Servos) GLOBAL SOCIETY: THE WORLD SINCE 1900.

Lynn Hollen Lees

Lynn Hollen Lees received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as co-director of the Wharton-Penn Lauder Program in International Studies. Her books include The Solidarities of Strangers: The English Poor Laws and the People, 1700-1948 (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The Making of Urban Europe, 1000-1994 (Harvard University Press, 1995), and Exiles of Erin: Irish Migrants in Victorian London (Manchester University Press, 1979), which won the John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies. She has been president of the Urban History Association and has held Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her current research is on the British Empire in Southeast Asia.

John W. Servos

John W. Servos received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He teaches the history of science and medicine at Amherst College, where he is the Anson D. Morse Professor of History. His book, Physical Chemistry from Ostwald to Pauling: The Making of a Science in America (Princeton University Press, 1990), was awarded the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society in 1991. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently serves as president of the History of Science Society.