A History of Eastern Europe 1740-1918: Empires, Nations and by Ian D. Armour

By Ian D. Armour

A background of jap Europe 1740-1918: Empires, international locations and Modernisation presents a entire, authoritative account of the zone in the course of a bothered interval that comprehensive with the 1st global struggle. Ian Armour makes a speciality of the 3 significant issues that experience outlined japanese Europe within the sleek interval - empire, nationhood and modernisation - when chronologically tracing the emergence of japanese Europe as a unique idea and position. certain assurance is given to the Habsburg, Ottoman, German and Russian Empires that struggled for dominance in this time.

In this interesting new version, Ian Armour comprises findings from new learn into the character and origins of nationalism and the makes an attempt of supranational states to generate dynastic loyalties in addition to strategies of empire. Armour's insightful consultant to early japanese Europe considers the $64000 figures and governments, analyses the numerous occasions and discusses the socio-economic and cultural advancements which are the most important to a rounded realizing of the sector in that era.

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Such thinking constituted a reaction to the rationalism of the Enlightenment, stressing instead the diversity, the mystery, the irrationality even, of nature, including human nature. Herder’s interest in the origins of human societies, and especially their language, led him to define a people (in German, Volk) in terms of its language, customs and history. For Herder nationality was a cultural quality possessed by each people as a result of its natural historical evolution; the term for him did not have political connotations.

Serfdom was an inherently inefficient system, with the added disadvantage that the peasants periodically erupted in savage revolt. Rulers and nobles alike recognised its inefficiency, and in some cases its injustice, but were locked into it by economic interest and fear of the consequences of relaxation. In contrast to Christian Eastern Europe, the social order in the European provinces of the Ottoman Empire was much simpler. In a society where the ultimate authority was God, ruling through the absolute intermediary of the sultan and his vassals, the fundamental distinction was between the Ottoman Muslim ruling class and all non-Muslims, whether Christian or Jewish, Catholic or Orthodox.

Before the turn of the century, this tiny new class of educated East Europeans, whether nobles or clerics or the still minuscule urban middle class, had begun the process of self-discovery, which was to make the cult of the nation a dominant one in the next century. IMPACT OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION The political earthquake of the French Revolution affected the whole of Europe. Its impact on Eastern Europe can be measured both physically and in ideological terms. 6 The rise to power of Napoleon Bonaparte as first consul in 1799 and emperor in 1804 only confirmed this French ascendancy.

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