A Concise History of the Modern World: 1500 to the Present by William Woodruff

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This ebook investigates the key alterations in international historical past and global economic system in past times years and explains to what volume global forces were answerable for shaping either previous and current. Its underlying subject is the fight for strength within which, because the 16th century, the West has prevailed. some of the difficulties of the modern global - together with terrorism - are the legacy of the interval of Western domination. till the increase of the West, and its incomparable effect on each department of human job, the centre of the area has been in Asia. through the 19th century international energy was once firmly within the fingers of the West. America's later upward thrust to global prestige was once caused through the 2 global wars. the main sought after of the Western countries, the USA is now blamed for the entire excesses of an prior colonial age.

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Without European expansion there would have been no international economy as we know it; certainly there would have been no global economy such as we are increasingly experiencing today. Europe's colonization of the world (by 1914 only Japan in Asia and Liberia and Ethiopia in Africa were free of European tutelage69) should not blind us to its limitations. Europe's imprint on the world remains, but its empires have vanished; most of the political ties which bound the rest of the world to Europe have been broken.

Some scholars, such as Werner Sombart, 39 ascribe 24 A Concise History of the Modern World Spain's penury to the persecution of the Jews. The Inquisition (a chilling example of the dreadful extremes to which religious bigotry will go), 40 Sombart argued, drove from Spain the best Jewish financial talent. H. Tawney (1880-1962), 42 place greater stress on the Protestant spirit which enabled both Britain and Holland to outstrip Spain. 43 The trouble with these arguments is that they evaluate Spanish success or failure in French, British, or Dutch terms.

This time Russia did not capitulate. And so, after almost a century free of widespread conflict, Europe mobilized and went to war (see Chapter 7). The Serbs were bled white; the Russians lost almost two million men; the Russian, German, Austrian, and Ottoman empires were destroyed; the world was never the same again. Despite all its trials and tribulations, Russia has endured for a thousand years. During that time Russia's despotic traditions, as well as its penchant for dogma and authority, have been preserved.

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