By David S. Mason
Highlighting the most important occasions, rules, and members that experience formed sleek Europe, this clean and energetic ebook presents a concise background of the continent from the Enlightenment to the current. Drawing at the enduring subject of revolution, David S. Mason explores the political, monetary, and clinical factors and effects of revolution; the improvement of human rights and democracy; and problems with ecu identification and integration. He intentionally avoids a close chronology of each kingdom and period of time through emphasizing the main the most important occasions that experience formed Europe. Fourteen targeted chapters tackle such topical matters because the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the economic Revolution; the theories and influence of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; eu imperialism; the 2 international wars; the chilly warfare; the evolution and growth of the eu Union; and present demanding situations confronting Europe. Any reader who desires a vast sweep of ecu historical past will locate this e-book a fascinating narrative, supplemented with maps, timelines, sidebars, photographs, and a glossary.
“David Mason’s account of ecu background from the Enlightenment to the current deals an authoritative synthesis of significant advancements during this assorted and intricate interval. Written in a lucid and fascinating type, sincerely dependent and concise, this survey is either accomplished and readable. it really is like minded as an introductory textbook for school undergraduates.” —Jolanta T. Pekacz, Dalhousie collage
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French kings, as divine monarchs, were crowned in the cathedral at Reims, and the king appointed all bishops and other high officials of the church. The church owned extensive property, perhaps 10 percent of all the land in France, and the incomes from these properties were enormous, sometimes equal to half the annual income of the royal government. This structure of state and society, described here for France, was similar to that of other European countries in the eighteenth century. Christian monarchs claiming divine right governed all of the major powers (the most important and powerful were France, Austria, Russia, Prussia, and England), which were characterized by a feudal or semifeudal and mercantilist economic system and a rigidly hierarchical social structure.
A good network of royal highways existed, but it still took at least five days to travel by coach from Paris to Marseilles (about eight hours by car today). Alongside this traditional agricultural sector, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, commercial trade was expanding, encouraged by royal policy. indb 15 12/4/14 11:19 AM 16 Chapter 1 by mercantilist theory, which held that the wealth of a nation could best be enhanced by the accumulation of precious metals like silver and gold. Countries that did not have native deposits of such metals, like France, had to rely on trade to acquire them.
But Louis was captured and brought back to Paris. The new constitution was put into force, and a legislative assembly was elected. Prussia and Austria soon joined in a war against France, and when their troops began to move into France, charges that Louis was in collusion with foreign monarchs provoked a new insurrection in Paris. New elections were called, and in September 1792, the newly elected National Convention scrapped the recent constitution, abolished the monarchy, and declared the establishment of the first French republic.
A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity (3rd Edition) by David S. Mason