By John Merriman

ISBN-10: 0393934330

ISBN-13: 9780393934335

A vintage in its box, enjoyed via teachers and scholars for its narrative aptitude, humor, authority, and finished insurance. greater than 100,000 copies sold!

on hand in either one-volume and two-volume paperback versions, A background of recent Europe offers a wide ranging survey of contemporary Europe from the Renaissance to the current day. A unmarried writer lends a unified technique and constant kind all through, with an emphasis at the connections of occasions and other people over time.

The 3rd variation, just like the sooner than it, is authoritative and updated. New to the 3rd variation is the subject matter of empire. From the imperial rivalries among France and Spain within the 16th and 17th centuries, in the course of the upward push 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 topic of empire is helping scholars locate commonalities one of the occasions of eu background.

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At times he counted an annual return of 50 percent or more. Someone wrote of Fugger that "his name is known in every kingdom and every region, even among the heathens. " When asked if he wanted to retire, Jacob Fugger replied that he intended to go on making money until he dropped dead. The family history of the Fuggers intersected with economic growth and statemaking in Central Europe. The Fuggers emerged as the wealthiest and most influential of the international banking families that financed warring states, answering the call of the highest bidder.

Surrounding myself with books, I reached the F's or G's, five or ten pages for each country, before giving up. Lawrence Robinson of Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, rekindled my interest in history, at a time when my passionate devotion to basketball and baseball overwhelmed everything else. I also owe a debt of thanks to Albert Feuer-werker and Gerhard Weinberg, in whose courses I learned a great deal when I was a somewhat floundering undergraduate at the University of Michigan. In graduate school, still at Michigan, Charles Tilly, now at the New School for Social Research, first encouraged me to keep my eye on the dynamics of economic, social, and political change, and their effect on ordinary people.

The books are filled with the names of kings. Was it kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone? And Babylon, so many times destroyed. Who built the city up each time? In which of Lima's houses, The city glittering with gold, lived those who built it? In the evening, when the Chinese wall was finished Where did the masons go? Imperial Rome Is full of arcs of triumph. Who reared them up? Over whom Did the Caesars triumph? Byzantium lives in song. Were all her dwellings palaces? And even in Atlantis of the legend The night the sea rushed in.

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