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

By William Woodruff

This ebook investigates the main alterations in global heritage and international economic climate up to now years and explains to what quantity international forces were answerable for shaping either prior and current. Its underlying topic is the fight for energy during which, because the 16th century, the West has prevailed. some 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 realm has been in Asia. via the 19th century international strength used to be firmly within the arms of the West. America's later upward push to international prestige was once brought on via the 2 global wars. the main admired of the Western countries, the USA is now blamed for all of the excesses of an previous colonial age.

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Exiled this time to St Helena in the south Atlantic (under much more penurious conditions), he died there in 1821. Though defeated, Napoleon has remained a giant on the world stage. His genius extended far beyond the battlefield. He was responsible for changing the administrative and judicial system of France, and for leaving behind him the lasting Code Napoleon, promulgated between 1803 and 1810, which he considered his most enduring contribution. Its influence would be felt in legal reform in South America and Japan.

Japan came to be regarded as the most promising field of Christian evangelism. 12 Yet the very success of the Europeans in Japan proved to be their undoing. The growing Christian presence began to alarm Japanese leaders (especially Hideyoshi), who came to suspect the Church as an agent of western imperialism. The Jesuits in Japan came to be looked upon as the secret agents of Spain. Loyalty and authority were at stake. Increasingly fearful that the Europeans might try to seize power in Japan, as they had done in the Philippines (1565-71) and Formosa (1624), the Japanese proceeded to reverse their attitude towards western commerce and Christianity.

Philip II (reigned 1556-98), Spain's 'most Catholic king', seemed blind to everything except the need to defend the holy Catholic faith. Charles V had hoped to link Spain, Holland and England in one grand Christian maritime union by marrying his son, Philip II, to Catholic Mary Tudor of England in 1554. But Mary died, and (the English having taken care to ensure that Philip would not succeed Mary) Protestant Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603) ascended the throne. England was lost to the Spanish Catholic cause.

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