West And East

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LECTURE I THE EXPANSION OF CHRISTENDOM—MEANING OP THE PHRASE —MOTIVES OF THE MOVEMENT The nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary increase of the power and prestige of western nations in the East. There was marked ...
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LECTURE I THE EXPANSION OF CHRISTENDOM—MEANING OP THE PHRASE —MOTIVES OF THE MOVEMENT The nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary increase of the power and prestige of western nations in the East. There was marked enhancement of the intensity of that influence. There was notable change in the nature of that influence. The aims which Europeans set before them in Asia and Africa were altered and with them the methods chosen for the achievement of those aims. Finally, there was a more or less complete reversal of the attitude of Asiatic peoples toward the civilization of the West with its whole mode and interpretation of life. Contacts, military, diplomatic and commercial, of the so-called Christian nations with non-Christian peoples had indeed assumed importance long before the beginning of the nineteenth century. Navigators like Captain Cook had, in the last decades of the eighteenth century, added islands and continents to the known geographic area, most of which were claimed as British dominion. Even these voyages of adventure were however only the belated chapters of a history of seafaring and discovery which had begun with the Renaissance. In the sixth decade of the eighteenth century Clive and his compeers had added to Great Britain a more or less unified dependency in India. This large increase of the area of British dominion had been made possible by the defeat of French ambitions, by the decline of Dutch commerce and by the decay of still older imperial projects of the Portuguese. The seventh decade of that century had brought to England, almost as if the transfer of possession were a detail of the peace arranged after a continental war, nearly the whole northern half of North America. In the ninth decade of the eighteenth century theseaboard colonies of Nort...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781104527532
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/10/2009
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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