Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1914 [Two by Carl Cavanagh (EDT) Hodge Carl Cavanagh Hodge

By Carl Cavanagh (EDT) Hodge Carl Cavanagh Hodge

In 1800, Europeans ruled approximately one-third of the world's land floor; through the beginning of worldwide battle I in 1914, Europeans had imposed a few type of political or monetary ascendancy on over eighty percentage of the globe. the elemental constitution of worldwide and eu politics within the 20th century was once formed within the past century out of the conflict of competing imperial pursuits and the consequences, either necessary and damaging, of the imperial powers at the societies they ruled. This encyclopedia deals present, specific details at the significant global powers and their worldwide empires, in addition to at the humans, occasions, principles, and hobbies, either ecu and non-European, that formed the Age of Imperialism.

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It attempts through the “See also” cross-references at the end of the text of most entries to highlight the interrelatedness of certain people, places, and events. Equally, the Further Reading listings that end each entry supplement the Select Bibliography found in the back of the book by alerting the reader to the interpretive scholarship available on each entry. The Guide to Related Topics will help readers easily and quickly trace broad and important themes across the Encyclopedia’s more than 800 entries.

Indeed, the former Union General, William Sheridan, observed the war from the German headquarters and advised its command that their conduct of the war was possibly not as absolute as it could be. 31 The war was over, in any event, after a scant 180 days of fighting, exhibiting the speed and lethal efficiency of the German forces. In Paris the Second Empire collapsed and the Third Republic was declared. Although these events were not of themselves enough to give the British government sleepless nights, they had disturbing aspects.

A new constitution created a three-member Consulate with Napoleon as First Consul. It also established a Tribunate and a Legislature based on a complex formula of indirect election, yet vested all legislative initiative with the executive. Put to the people in a rigged plebiscite, the document delivered immense power to Napoleon even before the plebiscite of 1802 made him first consul for life. 8 The Consulate also produced the 1801 Concordat between the French state and the papacy; the Civil Code, comprehensive reform of the administration of government including the foundation of the prefecture system, an overhaul of the financial system around the creation of the Bank of France, and the establishment of 45 lycées assigned the task of education and patriotic indoctrination.

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