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By W. Woodruff

By investigating the foremost adjustments of worldwide background in the past years, this publication presents the required international point of view to appreciate the geopolitical and geoeconomic alterations dealing with us this present day. we've reached a vital transitional level in international heritage during which the realm will not be formed by means of the one picture of western modernism, yet more and more via just like all cultures and civilizations. the necessity to take a global view - which this e-book offers - has develop into acute.

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Between 1559 and 1715 east and central Europe was wasted by fanatically waged religious wars8 in which every kind of outrage was perpetrated. Germany divided itself into two hostile camps, most of the north becoming followers of Luther, while the south remained Catholic. In the German principalities, such wars became endemic. Between 1562 and 1598 religiously inspired civil wars also took place in France. Peace was achieved in 1598 with the acknowledgment of Catholicism as the official religion of France, while guaranteeing French Protestants (the Huguenots) religious, civil and political rights (the Edict of Nantes).

Eventually, Britain’s decisive victory at Vittoria on 21 June 1813 ended French rule in Spain. Napoleon’s second and his greatest error was his decision in 1812 to invade Russia – which prompted Britain to form the fourth coalition against him. In June he set out from France with about 600,000 men, probably the largest European army assembled until then. Its flanks were guarded by the Austrians and the Prussians who had their own reasons to fear the Russians. On 14 September, a week after his costly victory at Borodino, where 70,000 soldiers died in one day, Napoleon entered Moscow.

By the mid-seventeenth century European merchants had also been banished from the mainland. Henceforth, the only Europeans allowed to stay in Japan were a few Protestant Dutch traders in virtual imprisonment on the islet of Deshima in Nagasaki harbour. To prove that they were not true Christians, and therefore not agents of western imperialism, they were required annually to trample on the Christian cross or an image of Christ. A few Chinese ships, and two supply vessels a year from Holland, became Japan’s only link with the outside world.

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