The author is Jürgen Osterhammel and the subtitle is A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. The book’s home page is here. Piketty’s tome is French and this one is…um…German. Very German. Translated from the German. Imagine a 1165 pp. German Braudel-like take on the importance of the 19th century and here you go.
I was expecting a review copy but I saw a bookstore which put it out prematurely and so I spent $40 to give you all advance notice and read it sooner myself. That is an endorsement of sorts, but also a confession of my own weak discipline.
So far I am on p.44 and I plan to continue. I learned for instance that:
In continental Europe, Norway was the first country to have a free press (from 1814); Belgium and Switzerland joined it around 1830, and Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands by 1848.
My final verdict is not yet in, but I suppose the bottom line is that I expect to have a final verdict.