By John Merriman
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to be had in either one-volume and two-volume paperback variants, A background of contemporary Europe provides a wide ranging survey of recent Europe from the Renaissance to the current day. A unmarried writer lends a unified method and constant kind all through, with an emphasis at the connections of occasions and folks over time.
The 3rd version, just like the sooner than it, is authoritative and updated. New to the 3rd variation is the topic of empire. From the imperial rivalries among France and Spain within the 16th and 17th centuries, in the course of the upward thrust and fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire, and on into the imperial background of the 20 th century―decolonization, the unfold of the Soviet empire, and the imperial energy of the United States―the subject matter of empire is helping scholars locate commonalities one of the occasions of eu historical past.
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Extra resources for A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present
The emergence of liberalism in the nineteenth century and then the quest for democratic political structures and mass politics have transformed Europe, beginning in Western Europe. Even the autocracies of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe were not immune to change, and there the quest for democracy still continues. While discussing dynastic rivalries and then nationalism, the book also considers how wars themselves have often generated political and social change. French financial and military contributions to the American War of Independence further accentuated the financial crisis of the monarchy of France, helping spark the French Revolution.
Finally, the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople after a lengthy siege in 1453, and by 1481, the Ottoman Turkish Empire extended to the Danube River in Central Europe. Roman Catholic Europe for the next several centuries would view Islam as a perpetual threat to its religion and culture. Europe thus confronted a huge semicircle of states under direct or indirect Turkish control. " The Venetians constructed fortifications along the Adriatic coast against the Turks in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
I want to thank Christopher and Lois Johnson, Ted and Joby Mar-gadant, Roberto and Isabel Gonzalez-Echevarria, Bob Schwartz and Marietta Clement, Dick and Cindy Brodhead, Steven Kaplan, Edward Rohrbach, David Bushnell and Karla Klarin, Jeanne Innes and John Innes, Yves and Colette Lequin, Maurice and Marie-Claude Garden, and Victoria Johnson, all good friends who have wondered politely when these two volumes would finally be finished. I hope they will enjoy the result. Many of these chapters were written and revised in Balazuc in the Ardeche in France.
A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present by John Merriman