By William Woodruff
In an ever-shrinking international, the necessity for an international standpoint in facing the fashionable global has turn into acute. This ebook makes an attempt to supply this type of standpoint through investigating the key adjustments in geopolitics and global economic system in the past 500 years. notwithstanding compact, it permits us to appreciate the current unravelling of Communism and the transforming into problem from Asia to Western Superiority. it's proven that during such a lot of methods the issues of the modern global spring from the extraordinary period of western domination, which the non-western international is now attempting to unlive.
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By their self-sacrifice . . saved western Europe from suffering the same fate, and saved European civilization from extinction" . All in all, Europe faced less despoliation, fewer hindrances than Asia. Europeans were never beset to the same extent, as say India or China, by natural calamities. 52 The age-old need for social conformity in China cannot be separated from the control of water, both for irrigation as well as to prevent flooding. There also was a better relation in the West between human and material resources.
However, in 1578, Russian moves were halted by the Swedes and the Poles. With the accession of Peter I, the Great, to the Russian throne (1682-1725), Russian fortunes changed dramatically. Peter was the first Russian sovereign to try to westernize his country. Symbolically, in 1703 he transferred Russia's capital from Moscow to St Petersburg (Leningrad) on the Gulf of Finland. His two great victories in the Great Northern War (1700-1721) over the Swedes at Poltava in 1709 and on the Baltic in 1721 ended Swedish supremacy and ensured Russian control over Estonia and Latvia.
Portugal's Henry the Navigator (1394-1460) was not only a man of worldly activity, he was also a religious ascetic. Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) was not only the leading mathematician of eighteenth century Europe, he was also the leader for the revival of piety in the Lutheran church. Christianity's spiritual dynamism invaded the temporal sphere and helped to provide the basis underlying the rise of the West. It was Christianity's certainty,34 righteousness and messianic outlook, coupled with its domination complex, which compelled it, like Islam, to go out into the world in search of souls.
A Concise History of the Modern World: 1500 to the Present by William Woodruff