Making the modern world

Danish. The subtitle “and the Making of the Modern World” has become an obsession for publishers of popular history books, being applied to everything from Gengis Khan to dynamite and the year 1946. The compulsive repetition of the subtitle—I list 33 examples shows us two things about the popular notion of history: a widespread disagreement about what “modernity” means, and a widespread agreement about the purpose of history, namely using the past to understand the present.

“Den moderne verdens mange, mange tilblivelser” (“The many, many makings of the modern world”), Weekendavisen (9 June 2023). Link.