This collection follows the development of the modern western world through the lens of trade and wealth — the driving force behind many of the major events during the period (1450-1850). It can be used to support research in slavery, colonization, the Atlantic world, Latin American/Caribbean studies, social history, gender and more. This exclusive resource combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections: the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Supplementary materials are included from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and the libraries of Yale University.
With full-text searching, The Making of the Modern World provides unparalleled access to more than 61,000 books from the period 1450–1850, and 466 pre-1906 serials — nearly 12 million pages in all — many the only known copy of the work in the world. It provides an invaluable complement to Eighteenth Century Collections Online , and offers a wider date range and broader international coverage — with more than 30% of the content in non-English languages. It supports the study of history, interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, women's studies, legal and religious history and special collections on transportation, banking, finance and manufacturing. The Making of the Modern World is a core resource for scholars and students, both for its successive editions of works by pre-eminent thinkers and for its wealth of rare primary source materials covering the experience and consequences of world trade, exploration and colonization of the New World, the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism.
"The title The Making of the Modern World (MOMW) stakes a bold claim, as well it should. MOMW will have a broad appeal to a diverse scholarly audience. Summing it up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty."
--Choice, November 2011