The Making of the Modern World, Part II: 1851-1914

Following on from the acclaimed The Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850The Making of the Modern World, Part II: 1851-1914  takes The Making of Modern World series to the end of the 19th century with approx. 5,000 additional titles. Combined, the two collections give students and researchers unprecedented access to nearly 500 years of primary sources detailing the social, political and economic formation of the modern world.
Comprised mainly of monographs, reports, correspondence, speeches and surveys, MOMW Part II: 1851-1914  is available as a stand alone collection or can be cross-searched with the original MOMW through an enhanced user interface.  Part II extends and deepens researchers' access to international coverage of 19th century social, economic and business history as well as political science, technology, industrialisation and the birth of the modern corporation.

MOMW Part II: 1851-1914 consists of approx. 1.2 million pages (approx. 5,000 titles) of digitised microfilm and newly sourced original documents from the world's key collections of economic literature including:
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MOMW Part II: 1851-1914 
traces the progress of  the 19th century nations' rapidly changing economies. The breadth and depth of  the collection makes it an essential resource for historians allowing them to explore a range of material including, but not limited to, local reports,  broad overviews, abstract analyses, reports on the financing of railways, economic textbooks, social polemics and political speeches. Users can mine a wealth of topics ranging from 19th century banking history and economic systems to social reform, debates over currency format, the increased interest in theories of valuation and the emerging issue of foreign exchange rates.

In page after page of primary source documents, researchers can evaluate the profound impact of the Industrial Revolution on the political and social conditions of nineteenth-century workers, factory owners and national economies.

Translations and non-English language content:

Also unique is the large number of translations in the collection, useful to scholars concerned with the evolution of ideas in the history of economics as they flowed from one culture to another via translations. Roughly 50% percent of the collection comprise of rare titles in languages other than English including French, German, Portuguese, Danish and Swedish (Part 2 only), Italian and Spanish. Titles which span all of the languages include biographies, dictionaries, bio-bibliographies, year books, general treatises and commemorative histories of organisations (commonly banks).

Topics covered in the collection:

  • Products                                                                                (e.g. Cocoa, Coffee, Tea, Cotton, Leather, Grain)
  • Railroads
  • Women (in business, the labour movement and women’s rights)
  • Industry and trade, including the evolution of business enterprises
  • Socialism and Social Movements, including communism
  • Political theories including economic policy
  • Economic                                                                         disaster and recovery
  • War and the military
  • Colonialism and exploitation of natural resources
  • Government regulation and protectionism
  • Worker’s rights and the evolution of unionism
  • Population issues

Scholars will find the writings of well-known writers such as:


An indispensable tool for researching the history of economic thought and analysis, the The Making of the Modern World, Part II: 1851-1914 also provides users with exclusive in-roads into the general political and philosophical thought of the period. This collection is of key interest to anyone with an interest in 19th C history, political science, philosophy, business/economics law and women’s studies.


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