It is a survey of recent historical past from a worldwide perspective. Half One begins with the political and financial revolutions of the late 1700s and tracks the transformation of the world in the course of the 1800s. Half One concludes as these bewildering adjustments appear to be operating past the capability of older establishments to deal with them. All through the course we attempt to grasp what is occurring and ask: Why? And the solutions usually activate very human decisions.