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  • 466 pre-1906 serials
  • Nearly 12 million pages
  • Cross-searchable with The Making of the Modern World, Part II: 1851-1914

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TIME PERIOD: 1450–1850

 

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This unrivalled online library fully documents the dynamics of Western trade and wealth that shaped the world from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century.  Combining the strengths of two preeminent collections at University of London and Harvard University, The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 provides full-text searching of an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, including:

  • Monographs
  • Serials
  • Political pamphlets and broadsides
  • Government publications
  • Proclamations
  • A wide range of ephemera
  • And more

The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850  offers new ways of understanding the expansion of world trade, the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism and can also be used to support research in slavery, colonization, the Atlantic world, Latin American/Caribbean studies, social history, gender and more.

Summary:  This wide-ranging collection looks at history through the lens of wealth and trade with a focus on economics in the widest sense, including political science, history, philosophy, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing.  The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850  includes:

  • Major writings of many economists.  The Making of the Modern World has multiple editions of the major works of many economists. For instance, users will find the most complete collection Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations”, an important work that served as the basis for classic economic theory.  In addition to comprehensive coverage of major authors and their seminal works, The Making of Modern World also includes contemporary debates and counterpoints to these emerging theories of modern economy.
  • Minor writings.  Political pamphlets and broadsides, government publications, proclamations, and ephemera — of great interest to researchers and students — are available in great quantities.
  • Valuable first editions. In many instances, The Making of the Modern World has the only known copy of certain works.
  • Non-English titles. With more than 35% of the content in non-English languages — including texts in French, German and other languages — The Making of the Modern World offers an international perspective on this time period.

The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 offers researchers new ways to understand the emergence of modern economics and other social sciences and supports research in the following categories:

  • Agriculture
  • Colonies
  • Commerce
  • Corn Laws, Navigation Acts and Mercantilism
  • Economic theories
  • Finance
  • French Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • General
  • Labor
  • Politics
  • Population
  • Poverty
  • Slavery
  • Social Conditions
  • Trades and Manufactures
  • Women and Gender Studies


Significance:  The range of 1450-1850 covers the exploration and colonization of the Americas, the history of the slave trade between Africa, Europe and the Americas, the development of trade and political relations with the Far East and many other key historic events in the Atlantic world. The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 contains unique, primary source documents that are essential to the understanding of the development of the western world during this time period. 

In many ways, The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 is an extension of Eighteenth Century Collections Online, but offering an even wider chronological and geographical range of content. For a range of subject matter — but especially in the study of history, economics and political science — The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 offers an unequalled mix of content. 

Researchers conducting full-text searches across the entire collection will discover works they didn’t know existed. In many cases, a work in The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 is the only known extant copy in the world. 



Source: The Making of the Modern World: Part I: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850 combines the strengths of two preeminent collections:

  • The Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature at the University of London, England
  • The Kress Collection of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School

Supplementary materials were obtained from:

  • The Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University
  • Sterling Library at Yale University

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The Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850 is the world’s most comprehensive collection for researching history through the lens of trade, wealth and economics.

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