Notes from C.A. Bayly: The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons

page 76: "Well before the nineteenth century, networks of intellectuals debating the need for reform had formed in different societies across the world and had often done so with reference to each other."

Bayly, C.A., The birth of the modern world 1780-1914: global connections and comparisons, 2004, Blackwell Publishing, ISBN 978-0-631-23616-0.