By W. Woodruff
By investigating the main adjustments of global heritage in the past years, this booklet offers the mandatory international viewpoint to appreciate the geopolitical and geoeconomic adjustments dealing with us this present day. we've reached a very important transitional degree in global heritage within which the realm will not be formed through the only snapshot of western modernism, yet more and more via similar to all cultures and civilizations. the necessity to take a global view - which this ebook offers - has develop into acute.
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Napoleon’s second and his greatest error was his decision in 1812 to invade Russia – which prompted Britain to form the fourth coalition against him. In June he set out from France with about 600,000 men, probably the largest European army assembled until then. Its flanks were guarded by the Austrians and the Prussians who had their own reasons to fear the Russians. On 14 September, a week after his costly victory at Borodino, where 70,000 soldiers died in one day, Napoleon entered Moscow. Five weeks later, the Russians having refused either to come to terms or to make battle, he began his famous retreat13 from the burnt-out city.
Charles V had hoped to link Spain, Holland and England in one grand Christian maritime union by marrying his son, Philip II, to Catholic Mary Tudor of England in 1554. But Mary died, and (the English having taken care to ensure that Philip would not succeed Mary) Protestant Elizabeth I (reigned 1558–1603) ascended the throne. England was lost to the Spanish Catholic cause. The religious wars of 1618–48 were an almost continuous power struggle between the Spanish and Austrian Habsburgs and the French Bourbons.
With the defeat of the French, Britain’s concern was how best to maintain the balance of power in Europe. In 1763 – at the time of the Peace of Paris – France emerged from the century-long struggle with Britain with a ruined foreign trade, a depleted treasury and a hurt pride. ) Its ruinous military and naval campaigns against England, coupled with run-away inflation, had helped to sow the seeds of the social discord that would result in the French Revolution of 1789. Among the other European powers who were to exercise great influence on European and world affairs in the years after 1500 were the Spanish Netherlands (Map III).