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

By William Woodruff

In an ever-shrinking international, the necessity for a world standpoint in facing the trendy global has develop into acute. This booklet makes an attempt to supply any such viewpoint via investigating the key alterations in geopolitics and global economic system prior to now 500 years. even though compact, it permits us to appreciate the current unravelling of Communism and the starting to be problem from Asia to Western Superiority. it's proven that during such a lot of methods the issues of the modern international spring from the unheard of period of western domination, which the non-western global is now attempting to unlive.

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Also introduced were new ideas concerning time, punctuality, personal responsibility, taxes, monetary rewards and punishments. Under European tutelage, change came to be looked upon as a virtue rather than a threat. In divorcing economic motives from the social environment, in introducing an all-purpose money which could buy and sell anything, in emphasizing the role of the individual instead of that of the family or the tribe, in treating individual ownership as sacrosanct, in creating a world economy dependent upon the West - in all these ways Western man transfigured the world.

Under the added threat of Austrian intervention74 (the Habsburgs at that time vied with the Turks as the fourth greatest power), Russia, having lost almost half a million men, was eventually forced to evacuate European Turkey and in 1856 to agree to the neutralization of the Black Sea. The ailing Ottoman Empire was reinstated as a buffer against Russian expansion. Russia's humiliating defeat helped to discredit the Czarist regime. Before 1914 Britain and Japan had also been concerned with halting the extension of Russian power in the Far East.

She was beaten by the Mongol Khans. She was beaten by the Turkish beys. She was beaten by the Swedish feudal lords. She was beaten by the Polish-Lithuanian gentry. She was beaten by Anglo-French capitalists. She was beaten by the Japanese barons. 72 What Stalin overlooked - with so much Russian blood on his hands he could hardly do otherwise - is that much of Russia's suffering has been its own doing. Listen to the Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko (193~): She was christened in childhood with a lash, tom to pieces, scorched.

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