The Making of the Modern World:Part I: The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850

A collection of voyages and travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts. Englishman. An Epistle to a lady. London, [1808]. The Making Of The Modern World.
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History that shaped our world

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, supporting research in variety of disciplines.

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 historical events during the period (1450-1850). With full-text search capabilities on an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, this resource provides unparalleled access to more than 61,000 books and 466 serials — more than 12 million pages in all — many of which are the only known copy of the work in the world.

This unrivaled online library provides an invaluable complement to Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online and offers a wider date range and broader international coverage — with more than 30 percent of the content in non-English languages. It focuses on the study of history, interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, economics, women’s studies, legal and religious history, and special collections on transportation, banking, finance, and manufacturing.

Reflecting the scope of academic pursuit throughout this period, The Making of the Modern World is an incomparable and invaluable resource for political and social historians, as well as for researchers in economic theory and history. With content in several languages and from several cultural points of view, this online library is a comprehensive research tool for students. For researchers on a more advanced level, The Making of the Modern World contains valuable first editions as well as many texts in French, German, and other languages.

The Making of the Modern World: Part I is fully cross-searchable with The Making of the Modern World: Part II and covers a wide range of topics including agriculture; colonies; commerce; corn laws, navigation acts, and mercantilism; finance; politics; and population. Users can take advantage of the full-text searching on an abundance of rare books and primary source materials, such as:

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

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Subjects Covered
  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • European Studies
  • Hispanic / Latin America Studies
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

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Reviews & Testimonials

“This is a highly usable, content-rich resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”


“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.”


“. . . [The two rare book libraries] are comprehensive in their coverage; they contain, in some cases, the only known extant copies of certain works, and they include numerous books of fascinating provenance — books from the personal libraries of such personages as Adam Smith, Lord Sheffield, David Ricardo, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, William Wilberforce, Robert Owen, Sir Robert Peel, William Wordsworth and Karl Marx.”

Nathan Rosenberg

“Taken together, MOMW I and MOMW II represent very significant and extensive collections combining standard works in multiple editions and unique primary source materials. The interface is straightforward and easy to use, although it could benefit from having a greater variety of browse functions . . . Another benefit to the MOMW collections will be cross-collection searchability with other Gale collections, including ECCO and especially NCCO, since the publisher will be loading these collections on the ARTEMIS platform.”

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