A Brief History of Now

A Brief History of Now

The Past and Present of Global Power

Diego Olstein


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Exploring the rise and fall of global power from the mid-nineteenth century, this book tracks the long and interrelated trajectories of the most serious challenges facing the world today. Although at first the urgency of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020 seemed to take precedence over other global problems such as socioeconomic inequality and climate change, it has ultimately exacerbated these issues and created opportunities to address them boldly and innovatively. A Brief History of Now provides a bird’s-eye view of world hegemony, economic globalization and political regimes as they have evolved and developed over the last two hundred years, providing context and insights into the forces which have shaped the Western world. Presented in an accessible and engaging narrative, the book addresses key contemporary challenges and explores the repercussions of a technological revolution, the potential instability of democracy over the coming years, and the urgent struggle to tackle climate change. With his book, Diego Olstein helps to answer pressing questions about our world today and provides a roadmap for analysing future trajectories.


Diego Olstein:
Diego Olstein is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has published widely on medieval Spain, world history and historiography and taught or lectured on these subjects in North and Latin America, Europe, Israel, India, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Australia. Diego’s previous book, Thinking History Globally (Palgrave, 2015), defines, explains and exemplifies twelve transboundary branches of history, and his current interests revolve around globalization and hegemony in world history.