Europa: How Europe Shaped the Modern World

Europa: How Europe Shaped the Modern World

by Julio MacLennan
Europa: How Europe Shaped the Modern World

Europa: How Europe Shaped the Modern World

by Julio MacLennan


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"An original and innovative examination of the continent—and its culture—that was the epicenter of the world for almost five centuries. "

European history is deeply embedded in the global civilization that has emerged in the 21st century. More than two thirds of today’s nations were once European colonies or protectorates. Europe’s legacy is even evident in hegemonic powers like China. For centuries, Europe was the heart and soul of the West and enjoyed unprecedented global hegemony, not only by military and economic means, but also through their influence on politics and culture.

The rise and fall of the European era of world supremacy is one of the most epic histories of all time. Columbus’s “discovery” of America provided the key to Europe's meteoric rise. Spain and Portugal would form the first global empires, closely followed by Holland, Britain, France and Russia.

Following the exploits of navigators like Vasco da Gama and Captain Cook, the conquistador Hernan Cortes, missionary Henry Livingstone and others, millions of Europeans migrants spread their culture and values. Statesmen, scientists, inventors, philosophers, writers, and revolutionaries at home were responsible for transforming Europe into a civilization that inspired universal attraction. Even into the 20th century, after reaching the nadir of imperial decline and self- destruction, Europe has once again become a global trendsetter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777566
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Julio Crespo MacLennan is a Senior Fellow at the Cañada Blanch Centre in the London School of Economics. He has a D. Phil in History from the University of Oxford and has been Santander Iberian and European Studies Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and Prince of Asturias Visiting Professor at Tufts University, among other academic and diplomatic posts. He has written five books, including Europa (available from Pegasus) and has lectured in over twenty countries and diverse international forums.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Europa from Myth to Reality: How Renaissance Europe Gave Birth to an Expanding Civilization 1

Chapter 2 As Far as It Is Possible for a Man to Go: How Geographic Discoveries Laid the Foundations of European Hegemony 23

Chapter 3 The World Is Not Enough: The Rise of the Great European Empires 48

Chapter 4 Revolution Versus Empire: The Impact of the Era of Revolutions on European Empires and the Western World 94

Chapter 5 Eastern Dreams of Grandeur: How China, India, and the Rest of Asia Were Shaped by European Expansion 135

Chapter 6 In Search of a Better World: How European Culture and Values Were Propagated by the Great Migratory Waves 173

Chapter 7 The Power and the Glory: The Golden Era of European Hegemony 208

Chapter 8 The First and Last Great Frontier of Civilization: The Scramble for Africa on Behalf of Civilization, Christianity, and Imperial Interests 260

Chapter 9 The Wars that Shook the World: How the Two World Wars Precipitated a New Post-European Era 294

Chapter 10 Goodbye to All That: The Global Influence of European Intellectual Migration and Exile 331

Chapter 11 Experiences with the Truth: How the Legacy of Imperial Europe Shaped the Postcolonial World 359

Chapter 12 The European Dream: How Europe Transformed itself into a Union that Exerts Universal Attraction 403

Conclusion: The Pillars of a Global Civilization 437

Bibliography 449

Acknowledgments 457

Index 459

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