31 - IR 210 1/31/2008 11:00:00 AM From the 1500, the rise...

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IR 210 31/01/2008 14:00:00 From the 1500, the rise of the West transforms world history Before this time, Western Europe was an international backwater Insignificant to Persia, India, and China Europeans used the modern-state What preceded the rise of the Modern State? Feudal empires (650-950) Feudal anarchy (950-1150) A feudal state-system (1150-1450) o Europe was constituted by overlapping and competing authorities Heteronomy   o Subordination or subjection to the law of another; political subjection of  a community or state; - opposed to  autonomy By the end of middle ages, Europe formed a coherent international system o Lots of interdependent economic trading o City-states were still dominate traders o Hanseatic League In the north of Europe Small in size and wealth From Russia to London o Italian city-states Controlled flow of goods from the Islamic world, India, and  China Modern State arose in far Western Europe England, France, and Spain Enter competition with lingering heteronymous regions still in feudalism
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Essence of the Modern State It cultivated precise, hard boundaries rather than fuzzy frontiers, and within  those boundaries it claimed absolute sovereignty
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31 - IR 210 1/31/2008 11:00:00 AM From the 1500, the rise...

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