By William H. McNeill, Jerry Bentley, David Christian
The ''Berkshire Encyclopedia of global History'' is the 1st real encyclopedic reference on global background. it's designed to fulfill the wishes of scholars, academics, and students who search to discover and comprehend the landscape of our shared human historical past. The encyclopedia takes a dynamic global heritage viewpoint, exhibiting connections, interactions, and chage over the years and position. significant articles via best students from worldwide study crucial issues and styles corresponding to paintings, ailment, govt, faith, technological know-how, and struggle and Peace, with countless numbers of articles on tactics, hobbies, areas, occasions, and folks. scholars and academics on the highschool and school degrees flip to this definitive paintings for a attached view of global history--the tale of people and their position within the universe.
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Cromwell & Co. a near literal sense of its national identity. Typically (though not universally), the national culture is based on a common written language, and members of the nation are able to communicate with each other through that language. ” This is, of course, compatible with considerable inequality of wealth, power, and prestige. The nation is like the God of the great monotheistic religions: all are equal in the eyes of the nation, if in nothing else. However, insofar as the nation is conceived as the basis of legitimate political rule, nationalism is a populist doctrine: sovereignty is located in the people.
The fair and equitable reparation and administration of property taxes was largely achieved by the compilation of accurate land registers, the cadastre, although indirect taxes became very high under Napoleon. The prefects proved able and honest local administrators, all of which left a deep, favorable impression on the elites of western Europe, even among those politically opposed to Napoleon. The western European experience of the new Napoleonic state did not include meaningful representative, parliamentary government.
However, it was quickly appropriated in the non-Western world. This does not mean that European models were simply translated, though African and Asian leaders and intellectuals were undoubtedly influenced by what they learned from Europe. Perhaps most important was the experience of European imperialism. Borders were drawn according to the exigencies of colonial rule, and resistance to that rule itself formed the national identities in whose name resistance was carried out. While postcolonial nations were able to draw on local traditions and history, national identities often faced difficulties when the unity gained though struggle was overtaken by other competing loyalties.
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