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 standpoint in facing the fashionable international has develop into acute. This booklet makes an attempt to supply any such point of view via investigating the main adjustments in geopolitics and global economic system in past times 500 years. despite the fact that compact, it allows us to appreciate the current unravelling of Communism and the growing to be problem from Asia to Western Superiority. it's 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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There could not be economic impact without cultural impact. Accompanying Western trade were the aims and objectives of Western civilization. While one should not exaggerate the influence of Western man in the creation of the modem world - the modem world is in fact the result of an extremely complicated, interrelated process in which it is often impossible to distinguish the impact of one civilization or era from another - the colonization of the world by Western man left behind it a legacy of dependency between Europe and the world that had never existed before.

The south-western part remained neutral. Britain, the leading sea power of the time, retained control of the all-important Gulf. Ignoring Persian protests, the Russian-British secret agreement on Persia was implemented when war came in 1914. Meanwhile, Russia, Britain, and France had continued to arm against the growing German threat. According to Lenin, it was Russia's massive rearmament from the 1890s onward that caused Germany to strike first. A year after the Russian-British agreement over Persia, in October 1908, Russia came close to war with Austria concerning the Serbian-claimed territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which Austria (thinking it had Russia's informal agreement) had annexed.

South America was also the source of rubber-bearing plants which became the basis of the rubber plantation industry of the Far East. Accompanying these plants and animals were European agricultural tools and machinery. The distribution, under European guidance and skilled management, of the cinchona (quinine), sugar, tea, cotton, and potato plants was to change the course of world history. Europeans did more than transfer plants, animals, and agricultural tools and machinery from one part of the world to another; they also diffused scientific knowledge concerning the breeding of plants and animals, soil bac- The Impact of Western Man 39 teriology, the use of artificial fertilizers, and systems of cultivation.

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