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

By William Woodruff

In an ever-shrinking global, the necessity for a world viewpoint in facing the trendy global has develop into acute. This ebook makes an attempt to supply this sort of standpoint by means of investigating the foremost adjustments in geopolitics and international economic climate in the past 500 years. notwithstanding compact, it permits us to appreciate the current unravelling of Communism and the transforming into problem from Asia to Western Superiority. it really is 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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Had the Byzantines (before the fall of Constantinople in 1453), the Poles, and the Russians not provided a bulwark which kept the Mongols and later the Turks at bay, western Europe might not have experienced the Renaissance or the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions. In 1238 the Russian city of Vladimir (between Moscow and Gorky) was razed by the Mongols. Today the city commemorates the heroic people of Vladimir who ". . by their self-sacrifice . . saved western Europe from suffering the same fate, and saved European civilization from extinction" .

44 A Concise History of the Modern World of lithe tyranny of reason". But then reason is peculiarly characteristic of the Western intellectual tradition. We are discovering that we are not only the heirs of Erasmus, but also of paleolithic man who has occupied the earth for all except the last one or two per cent of human time. Even the individual dynamic of Western society - upon which in explaining the Rise of the West I have placed such stress - is now being challenged by the dynamic of eastern collectivism.

In the seventeenth century English, Dutch, and French East-India companies were formed to wrest the monopoly of eastern trade from the Portuguese. Each harrowing the other, British and French efforts were concentrated on India, while the Dutch attacked the Portuguese in Indonesia. Failing to beat off the other Europeans, by 1700 all that was left of the Portuguese East-Indian empire was Timor in Indonesia, the forts Goa, Daman, and Diu in India, and Macao in China. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, a similar threat to Spanish and Portuguese power was made by the British, the Dutch, the French, the Prussians, and the Scandinavians along the north and west coasts of Africa.

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