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Making of the Modern World (Part IV): Deep coverage of the "Age of Capital"!

Published by Mark Bodnar

I'm pleased to report that SFU researchers now have access to Part IV of the Making of the Modern World online resource. We already owned the first three parts, covering 1450-1945. This new module expands and deepens the content available from the 1800-1890 period.

Banner image from the Making of the Modern World resource. Shows a man using a morse code machine at a desk with various "industry" images behind him.

From the publisher: 

 The Making of the Modern World: Part IV offers definitive coverage of the "Age of Capital," the industrial revolution, and the High Victorian Era, when the foundations of modern-day capitalism and global trade were established. It includes unique material at the Senate House Library, University of London, that was not previously available; subsequent library acquisitions have broadened the scope of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature beyond economics. The core of the collection – 1850s–1890 – offers rich content in the high Victorian period, the apogee of the British Empire.

This is a major collection of rare and unique items that support a range of research and teaching topics related to the nineteenth century, including slavery and abolition, the growth of capitalism, and the emergence of new political thinking such as nationalism and Marxism. The material that has been newly scanned from this period also includes the rise of the United States and Germany as economic powerhouses.

Part IV also captures the hard-to-reach formats, being especially strong in "grey literature" and non-mainstream materials rarely preserved by libraries—including pamphlets, plans, ephemera, and private collections. This technically challenging material is now surfacing and offering original study resources to researchers. Grey literature, private publications, flyers, broadsheets, and ephemera are the focus of much modern scholarship precisely because it is non-mainstream, hard to find in libraries, physically vulnerable to damage, loss and misfiling, and of huge value. 

The publisher has also provided a short essay explaining the development of this valuable resource and highlighting some key themes and topics.  Note that it's best to first log into the MoMW database before clicking on the links in the essay to ensure you are recognised as an SFU researcher and given full access. 

And if you're completely new to Making of the Modern World, consider reading the essays about Part I, Part 2, and Part 3 for a similar guided tour of this amazingly deep content!

As always, let me know if you have any questions at all...

Mark Bodnar
Economics & Business Librarian