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to be had in either one-volume and two-volume paperback variations, A heritage of contemporary Europe provides a wide ranging survey of recent Europe from the Renaissance to the current day. A unmarried writer lends a unified technique and constant type all through, with an emphasis at the connections of occasions and folks over time.

The 3rd variation, just like the sooner than it, is authoritative and updated. New to the 3rd version is the subject of empire. From the imperial rivalries among France and Spain within the 16th and 17th centuries, during the upward thrust and fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire, and on into the imperial heritage of the 20th century―decolonization, the unfold of the Soviet empire, and the imperial strength of the United States―the subject matter of empire is helping scholars locate commonalities one of the occasions of ecu background.

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In the fourteenth century, the Ottoman Turks (who were Muslims) conquered two-thirds of Anatolia, much of the Balkan peninsula, and Greece. During the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, the Byzantine Empire (which was Greek in culture and Eastern Orthodox Christian in religion) was reduced to a small area straddling the straits between Asia and Europe, which included its capital, Constantinople (modern Istanbul), and some surrounding areas. Finally, the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople after a lengthy siege in 1453, and by 1481, the Ottoman Turkish Empire extended to the Danube River in Central Europe.

While swearing to protect vassals and peasants, even the greatest lords avoided using the language associated with kingship. No one was ever anointed duke or count. Feudalism developed in the context of an overwhelmingly agricultural economy, where great estates were in the possession of rulers or lords. The lord would keep part of the estate for himself (his domain) and would divide the rest among peasants, who would pay for the use of the land with services or in kind (payment in crops, animals, or some other commodity).

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. The drowning men still bellowed for their slaves. xxxii Acknowledgments Young Alexander conquered India. He alone? Caesar beat the Gauls, Was there not even a cook in his army? Philip of Spain wept as his fleet Was sunk and destroyed. Were there no other tears? Frederick the Great triumphed in the Seven Years War.

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