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By W. Woodruff

ISBN-10: 0333971639

ISBN-13: 9780333971635

Via investigating the key adjustments of global background up to now years, this publication presents the required international standpoint to appreciate the geopolitical and geoeconomic adjustments dealing with us this day. we have now reached a very important transitional level in global heritage during which the realm will not be formed by means of the only snapshot of western modernism, yet more and more by means of a twin of all cultures and civilizations. the necessity to take an international view--which this booklet provides--has develop into acute.

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Supporting Germany’s belief in its destiny as a great power and its right to come up in the world was its extraordinary development in the second half of the nineteenth century. Germany’s rise was fostered by its energy, discipline and unity of its people, by its resources, and by its talent in science and technology – all of which would be put to the test in the war of 1914–18. 44 A Concise History of the Modern World 4 Africa: 1500–1914 For the non-African, Africa is the ambiguous continent. Since paleolithic times it has sustained human life; some paleontologists believe it is where human life began.

1494, reigned 1515–47) and England, Henry VIII (b. 1491, reigned 1509–47) met in 1520 at Calais, the idea of a Europe unified in a res publica Christiana was as good as dead. By then the countries of Christian Europe were all going their separate ways (Map III). Loyalty to the Christian ideal would remain; loyalty to the pope and the Holy Roman Empire would diminish. In 1534 Henry VIII, having failed to bend the Church to his will, denounced the papacy and declared himself ‘Supreme Head of the Church of England’.

In fact the disintegration of papal power worsened, for there were now three popes to satisfy, all of whom claimed divine authority. The decline of feudalism between 1300 and 1450 had also stimulated the rise of Europe’s dynastic states, whose interests were often contrary to that of the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire. The wars of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries between France and England, as well as the political unification of Portugal and Spain, had fostered the growth of a nationalist spirit.

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