Lecture 005 - Peace And War In The 18th Century

Lecture 005 - Peace And War In The 18th Century - Peace and...

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Peace and War in the Eighteenth Century – September 24 th , 2008 A Peaceful Century? By comparison with previous other centuries, the century was relatively peaceful; not because there were no wars (there were several), but rather they were limited in their scope. Another century relatively similar in peacefulness would be the 19 th century from 1815 to 1914. Reasons for this limited warfare include: Religious commitment contributed a lot to wars in the past. By the mid 17 th century, religion is no longer a cause for warfare. French ambitions would from then on be the focus of new wars Europe stays stable when all European powers are relatively of equal strength; balance of power. The receding of religious fervour starting mid 17 th century, and the balance of power amongst the European powers brought relative peace to Europe in the 18 th century. This peace would end with the start of the revolutions (French Revolution, 1789) Spirit of revolution that started in France brought the rest of Europe into intense warfare. Just as much religion caused many wars, revolutionary ideology now caused wars. During these peaceful times, economy and intellectual thought expanded and improved.
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