By W. Woodruff

ISBN-10: 0333971639

ISBN-13: 9780333971635

Through investigating the foremost alterations of global heritage prior to now years, this booklet presents the required worldwide standpoint to appreciate the geopolitical and geoeconomic adjustments dealing with us at the present time. now we have reached a very important transitional level in international background within which the realm will not be formed by way of the only picture of western modernism, yet more and more by means of clone of all cultures and civilizations. the necessity to take a global view--which this booklet provides--has turn into acute.

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The role of both these men in unifying the country and in deciding Japan’s relations with the West was paramount. With their tolerance, and sometimes their help, in less than 50 years, the Christian missionaries 22 A Concise History of the Modern World had made 300,000 conversions. 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.

If Britain feared anybody in those years it was France. Next to France, Britain feared Russia – in 1850 the strongest military power in Europe. Of the four other European contestants for power (France, Russia, Prussia and Austria) Prussia offered the greatest challenge. Overwhelming Denmark in 1864, Austria in 1866 and France in 1870–71, the Prussians had come to look upon themselves as invincible. The war between Prussia and Austria gave the Prussians leadership in Germany. When France declared war on Prussia in 1870, most rulers expected French troops to be in Berlin within a few weeks.

The country was pacified; the worst ills redressed. Sharing power with those they had conquered, Manchu rule proved strong and judicious. The Manchus also followed a policy of expansion in inner Asia, including the Amur Valley, Mongolia and Tibet. Their invasions of Burma in the 1760s, like their later eighteenth-century invasions of Nepal and Vietnam, proved abortive. Meanwhile, a new threat had appeared from the West. In 1514 a party of Portuguese traders and buccaneers reached the southern China coast.

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