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(S2.E2.) Chapter 17: The West on the Eve of a New World Order

Conflict and Progress in 18th Century Europe. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now, World History Since 1500. This episode can be automatically downloaded to your computer by subscribing through the iTunes web site. Click on the button on the right hand side to subscribe to the series. You can immediately listen to the podcast by clicking on the following web link. Download file

The West on the Eve of a New World Order. The 18th century stands as the turning point in world history, as the power of the old order diminished and revolution ushered in a new age. The century began with power in the hands of nobles, monarchs and clerics. Large-scale war demanded increasingly large armies with the subsequent need for higher taxes to fund them. In addition, growing populations and fundamental changes in economics began to reduce the power and importance of the old order. New world wars allowed Great Britain to create a world wide empire backed by the greatest navy. Increasing economic pressures helped to spawn a revolutionary movement that surged to the surface in the Western Hemisphere and in France. The movement demanded political liberty and equality –key concepts of the Enlightenment. While limited in reality, opportunities for most people were increased, and government became more responsive to the desires of its citizens.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
To learn more about Napoleon Bonaparte from the French perspective, visit http://www.napoleon.org/en/home.asp
To read about Voltaire, visit http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/95nov/voltaire.html
To learn more about Quesnay, visit http://www.cooperativeindividualism.org/quesnaybio.html

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