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A heritage of jap Europe 1740-1918: Empires, countries and Modernisation offers a finished, authoritative account of the area in the course of a interval that complete with the 1st global battle. Ian Armour makes a speciality of the 3 significant subject matters that experience outlined japanese Europe within the smooth interval - empire, nationhood and modernisation - when chronologically tracing the emergence of jap Europe as a unique inspiration and position. designated insurance 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 study 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 advisor to early jap Europe considers the real 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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* an absolutely up to date and enlarged bibliography and notes

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The economic stagnation alluded to above was part consequence and part cause of the fact that towns in Eastern Europe did not enjoy an independent existence. In the lands that came to make up the Habsburg Monarchy, as in Prussia and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, some towns emerged in the Middle Ages as royal boroughs, obliged to submit to the authority of the crown in return for protection in an uncertain world. This subordinate status, as a source of taxable revenue for the monarch rather than an urban power, was still a characteristic of the royal towns of these kingdoms.

Allied to this was the widespread perception that the strength of the state, or rather the dynasty, was in direct relation to the size of the state and, just as important, its territorial cohesion. Territorial aggrandisement was thus seen as a desirable thing in itself, for only in this way could the dynasty assure itself of the number of subjects and material resources for the perpetuation of its house and the maintenance of its prestige. The role that considerations of economic gain played in such thinking is debatable.

27 2 War, Enlightenment and Nationalism We can now turn to those general developments which effected the most striking change during the eighteenth century. The most obvious motors of change throughout the century were war and the underlying shifts in the state system which brought war about. Before the 1790s, conflict in Eastern Europe occurred for reasons not perceptibly different from those which had occasioned it in the past: dynastic ambition, territorial aggrandisement and the economic self-interest of states.

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