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

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

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L^ A V''. CHAPTER 1 MEDIEVAL LEGACIES AND TRANSFORMING DISCOVERIES Jacob Fugger (1455—1525) was one of the sons of a weaver who settled in the southern German town of Augsburg late in the fourteenth century. At age fourteen, he joined his brothers as a trader in spices, silks, and woolen goods. He traded, above all, with the Adriatic port of Venice, where Fugger learned double-entry bookkeeping (keeping track of business credits and debits), which was then unknown in the German states. Jacob Fugger soon proclaimed himself "merchant by the grace of God" and amassed a vast fortune, which he used to loan sizable sums to various rulers in Central Europe.

The German, Austro-Hungar-ian, Ottoman, and Russian empires disappeared in the wake of the bloodbath of World War I; the economic and social impact of that war generated political instability, facilitating the emergence of fascism and communism. Like politics, religion has also been a significant factor in the lives of Europeans and in the quest for freedom in the modern world. Catholicism was a unifying force in the Middle Ages; European popular culture for centuries was based on religious belief.

She has tolerated with patience and good humor the almost constant presence of this book, along with other projects, in our lives for a decade, as well as my usual quirks and growing obsessiveness. The writing of these xxxiv Acknowledgments volumes has been part of the young Hves of Laura Merriman and Christopher Merriman, certainly more than each might have preferred as they grew older. I dedicate this book to them in appreciation and with much lov^e. r*. Part One Foundations As Europe emerged from the Middle Ages, the foundations for a dynamic era of trading, global discovery, and state-building developed that would affect the lives of both rich and poor alike for centuries.

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