By David S. Mason
Highlighting the most important occasions, rules, and contributors that experience formed smooth Europe, this clean and full of life e-book offers a concise background of the continent from the Enlightenment to the current. Drawing at the enduring subject of revolution, David S. Mason explores the political, financial, and clinical motives and results of revolution; the improvement of human rights and democracy; and problems with eu identification and integration. He intentionally avoids a close chronology of each kingdom and period of time via emphasizing the main an important occasions that experience formed Europe. Fourteen concentrated chapters tackle such topical matters because the Enlightenment; the French Revolution and Napoleon; the commercial Revolution; the theories and influence of Marx and Darwin; the revolutions of 1848, 1917, and 1989; the unifications of Germany and Italy; eu imperialism; the 2 global wars; the chilly conflict; the evolution and enlargement of the eu Union; and present demanding situations confronting Europe. Any reader who wishes a large sweep of ecu heritage will locate this e-book an interesting narrative, supplemented with maps, timelines, sidebars, pictures, and a glossary.
“David Mason’s account of ecu background from the Enlightenment to the current bargains an authoritative synthesis of significant advancements during this varied and intricate interval. Written in a lucid and interesting variety, basically based and concise, this survey is either accomplished and readable. it truly is well matched as an introductory textbook for faculty undergraduates.” —Jolanta T. Pekacz, Dalhousie college
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He escaped within a year, rallied support in France, and confronted the allied armies again, only to be finally defeated by a British and Prussian army at the famous battle of Waterloo, in Belgium, in 1815. This time, he was banished to a small island in the South Atlantic, St. Helena, where he died in 1821. indb 33 12/4/14 11:19 AM Chapter 2 34 With the defeat of Napoleon, European monarchs attempted a restoration of the old order in France. Louis XVIII, brother of Louis XVI, was placed on the throne, thus restoring the Bourbon monarchy.
His predecessors (including Franz Joseph Haydn and Mozart) had mostly written works commissioned by kings or princes, keeping the aristocratic audience in mind and performing in refined and elegant courts. Beethoven followed his own individual spirit, wrote with a passion and bombast that shocked his audiences, and performed at public concerts that people paid to hear. He took music to the streets. The Eroica symphony, like all of his major works, was a massive and lengthy composition, full of tension, emotion, tragedy, and joy.
Between 1726 and 1789, the cost of living increased by 62 percent, whereas wages rose by only 25 percent. In the 1780s, increased competition from British textile manufacturers led to massive unemployment in the textile towns of northern France. Then, 1788 saw the worst grain harvest in France since 1709, causing increases in grain and food prices, food shortages, and even famine. All this provoked rising discontent in both the cities and the countryside. indb 24 12/4/14 11:19 AM The French Revolution and Napoleon 25 One more problem was the weakness of the monarchy.
A Concise History of Modern Europe: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity (3rd Edition) by David S. Mason