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

By W. Woodruff

Via investigating the most important adjustments of global historical past in the past years, this publication presents the required international viewpoint to appreciate the geopolitical and geoeconomic adjustments dealing with us at the present time. we have now reached a vital transitional degree in international background within which the area will not be formed by way of the one photo of western modernism, yet more and more by way of just like all cultures and civilizations. the necessity to take a global view--which this publication provides--has turn into acute.

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Not until the reigns of Friedrich I (1657–1713), crowned Prussia’s first monarch in 1701, Friedrich Wilhelm I (b. 1688, reigned 1713–40) and Friedrich II, the Great (b. 1712, reigned 1740–86) did Prussia’s power grow. Indeed, until the beginning of the eighteenth century, Brandenburg-Prussia was outstripped in wealth and numbers by Bavaria. By the time of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–8), however, things had changed. Prussia had become ‘not a state with an army, but an army with a state’.

Of the four other European contestants for power (France, Russia, Prussia and Austria) Prussia offered the greatest challenge. Overwhelming Denmark in 1864, Austria in 1866 and France in 1870–71, the Prussians had come to look upon themselves as invincible. The war between Prussia and Austria gave the Prussians leadership in Germany. When France declared war on Prussia in 1870, most rulers expected French troops to be in Berlin within a few weeks. Instead France was thoroughly beaten. It was Prussia’s victory over France in 1871 which caused other European states, especially Austria, to ally themselves with it.

6 In 1560 the Scottish parliament severed its relations with Rome in favour of Knox’s Scottish Presbyterian Church. Five years earlier, at the Peace of Augsburg, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, desperate to put an end to the wars between Christian factions, had allowed each member state to follow the religion of its choice: ‘Cuis regio eius religio’ (the rulers determine the religion). With this decision, the pope’s authority over the moral lives of nations, even within the Christian commonwealth, was irreparably harmed.

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