Jurgen Osterhammel is Distinguished Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). He is a recipient of the 2017 Toynbee Prize and the 2018 Balzan Prize for Global History. His books include The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (Princeton).
Erudite, original, and lively. Osterhammel defends the Enlightenment from the charge of Eurocentrism and portrays in sparkling detail its humane legacy of self-criticism and communication with other cultures. -Harry Liebersohn, author of The Travelers' World: Europe to the Pacific Sensible and intelligent. -Joan-Pau Rubies, Times Higher Education [A] remarkably wide-ranging, original and thoroughly scholarly study. -Robert Irwin, Literary Review Brilliant. . . . It takes a book like this to move the debate beyond talking points and open your eyes to a wider context. -Michael Savage, Quillette