By W. Woodruff

ISBN-10: 0333971639

ISBN-13: 9780333971635

Via investigating the foremost alterations of worldwide historical past in the past years, this booklet presents the mandatory international viewpoint to appreciate the geopolitical and geoeconomic adjustments dealing with us this present day. now we have reached a vital transitional degree in international historical past during which the realm will now not be formed by means of the only photograph of western modernism, yet more and more through identical to all cultures and civilizations. the necessity to take an international view--which this ebook provides--has turn into acute.

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Peace during these years was obtained because the greatest power – Britain – was peacefully inclined. Abandoning its earlier policy of crude force, it had become the executor of international law. Primarily, Britain’s view was that of a satiated great power wanting only to enjoy its ever-growing domestic and foreign wealth undisturbed. It was content to occupy its rightful place at the 42 A Concise History of the Modern World top. Provided the other powers conceded British supremacy, and the balance of world power remained in its favour, peace would be maintained.

The despotism of a score of men led by Georges Jacques Danton (1759–94), Maximilien Robespierre (1758–94) and Louis Saint-Just (1767–94) was unprecedented. They coerced a nation of 27 million, arrested hundreds of thousands and put more than 20,000 to death. Not liberty but the guillotine became the symbol of France. The French Revolution also spawned the concept of total war. The idea expressed in the Convention’s Decree of 23 August 1793 that ‘all Frenchmen are permanently required for service in the armies’, marked the beginning of a nation in arms.

Policies of war are formulated An Asian-dominated World 19 and military questions are decided by the Philosophers only . . 10 In Ricci’s view the Chinese were justified in calling their country the ‘Middle Kingdom’ – the centre of the earth. European leaders of the Enlightenment, such as Voltaire (François Marie Arouet [1694–1778]), François Quesnay (1694–1774) and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), looked upon China as a model that Europe should imitate. The fact that the Confucian social code stressed conformity, and hence was less stimulating to the development of scientific thought, was glossed over.

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