By William Woodruff

ISBN-10: 0333687949

ISBN-13: 9780333687949

ISBN-10: 1349266639

ISBN-13: 9781349266630

This booklet investigates the key adjustments in international background and global financial system up to now years and explains to what quantity international forces were answerable for shaping either prior and current. Its underlying subject is the fight for energy within which, because the 16th century, the West has prevailed. a number of the difficulties of the modern global - together with terrorism - are the legacy of the interval of Western domination. until eventually the increase of the West, and its incomparable influence on each department of human task, the centre of the area has been in Asia. through the 19th century international energy used to be firmly within the fingers of the West. America's later upward thrust to global prestige was once brought on by means of the 2 international wars. the main famous of the Western international locations, the USA is now blamed for all of the excesses of an previous colonial age.

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Estimates of the number of slaves shipped to the Americas between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries range from 10 to 15 million. The eighteenth century was probably the peak when the traffic was 6-7 million. About two million are thought to have died en route. Despite all the rhetoric about Christian love and salvation, the Europeans treated slaves shipped to the New World like cattle. Africa: 1500-1914 47 The first black slaves to arrive in North America were landed at Jamestown in 1619 - 100 years after they had reached Latin America.

Was first sung in 1740. By then English parliamentarianism and constitutionalism had triumphed over monarchical absolutism. The fight against the divine right of kings culminated in the English Civil War (1642-48) out of which the military dictator Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) emerged as the victor and Charles I (b. 1600, executed 1649) as the victim. Parliamentarianism was furthered by the 'Glorious Revolution' against James II in 1688. In deposing Catholic James II in favour of Protestant William of Orange - ruler of the Dutch parliament determined the conditions under which an English sovereign could rule.

In deposing Catholic James II in favour of Protestant William of Orange - ruler of the Dutch parliament determined the conditions under which an English sovereign could rule. The French were eventually undone by the British on both sea and land. France's dream of supremacy at sea died in May 1692 32 A Concise History of the Modern World at the Battle of Cap de La Hogue. With this defeat Louis XIV's (b. 1638, reigned 1643-1715) intention of restoring Catholic James II to the English throne was abandoned.

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