A Concise History of the Modern World: 1500 to the Present by William Woodruff

By William Woodruff

In an ever-shrinking global, the necessity for an international point of view in facing the trendy global has turn into acute. This e-book makes an attempt to supply this kind of standpoint through investigating the key adjustments in geopolitics and global economic climate up to now 500 years. in spite of the fact that compact, it permits us to appreciate the current unravelling of Communism and the transforming into problem from Asia to Western Superiority. it really is proven that during such a lot of methods the issues of the modern global spring from the unparalleled period of western domination, which the non-western international is now attempting to unlive.

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It is the largest political entity, the most extensive contiguous empire on earth (more than twice the size of the USA). In 1989 it had a population of 287 million people embracing one hundred different ethnic groups, speaking eighty different languages, writing in five different alphabets, and although (until 1990) officially atheist, practicing Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and several versions of Christianity. While Russia is a wealthy country (it probably leads the world in mineral and fossil fuel resources and has an enormous industrial base and a skilled work force) it has many drawbacks.

This time Russia did not capitulate. And so, after almost a century free of widespread conflict, Europe mobilized and went to war (see Chapter 7). The Serbs were bled white; the Russians lost almost two nrillion men; the Russian, German, Austrian, and Ottoman empires were destroyed; the world was never the same again. Despite all its trials and tribulations, Russia has endured for a thousand years. During that time Russia's despotic traditions, as well as its penchant for dogma and authority, have been preserved.

Between 1815 and 1914, under Western auspices, a veritable transportation revolution took place. The stearn locomotive, steamship, stearn turbine, automobile, submarine, airplane, radio, telegraph and telephone were all invented before 1914. In 1869 the Suez Canal was completed. At the beginning of the nineteenth century Napoleon could travel no faster than Caesar had done 2000 years earlier. Half a century later - thanks to Western developments the situation had been transformed. The extraordinary progress made in aviation, space exploration, nuclear science, television, weaponry, and computer science in our own age, should not blind us to the equally significant changes that took place prior to the First Great War, including the domestic comforts which we now take for granted, such as heat for the horne, safe drinking water, and gas and electric light.

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