Modern Political Theories and Systems in World History 1700-2000: From the Enlightenment to Perestroika


Robert Ignatius Letellier, PhD – Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: HIS010020

The history of Western Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire (478 AD) until the end of the Second World War (1945) saw a process of discontinuity, deconstruction and loss turn, through the various re-engagements and re-groupings of the former barbarian invaders, into increasingly self-defined and viable national groupings. Over the centuries of the Dark Ages and early medieval period, these would consolidate further into ever-more closely defined nation states. The Renaissance, Reformation and Age of Discovery carried the process further and through colonialism and mercantilism saw the restitution of concepts of empire spread globally. The tremendous pressures of growing national rivalry would eventually ignite the huge struggles of the First and Second World Wars, and see the new world order of the Cold War and Post-Colonialism. Throughout modern history the memory of the Roman Empire as a source of unity and economic strength has remained a social and political ideal, confronted by an equally perennial centrifugal pull into forms of defiant, often aggressive, national association. The resultant tension is a recurring theme of history.

Table of Contents


Part I: Europe 1700-1850

Chapter 1. The Eighteenth Century

Chapter 2. The Political Situation in the Eighteenth Century

Chapter 3. Napoleon Bonaparte

Chapter 4. The Bourbon Restoration

Chapter 5. The Habsburg Monarchy

Chapter 6. Prussia

Chapter 7. Political Theories Emerging from Germany

Chapter 8. Germany from 1815

Chapter 9. Great Britain 1815-1849

Part II: Europe 1850-1920

Chapter 10. The Economic and Social Changes post-1850

Chapter 11. The Political Situation

Chapter 12. The 1848 Revolutions

Chapter 13. France in the 1850s

Chapter 14. The Development of International Relations, 1815-1850

Chapter 15. The Unification of Germany

Chapter 16. Austrian Domestic Development

Chapter 17. France: The Third Republic, 1871-1914

Chapter 18. International Relations after 1871-1890

Chapter 19. Russia

Chapter 20. The Origins of World War I

Part III: Europe 1920-1945

Chapter 21. Introduction to the Period 1920-1945

Chapter 22. The Machinery of the League of Nations

Chapter 23. The Pursuit of Additional Security

Chapter 24. The Domestic Scene

Chapter 25. The Collapse of Collective Security

Part IV: The Global Scene 1945-1970

Chapter 26. The United Nations

Chapter 27. Yalta and Potsdam

Chapter 28. The Cold War and the New Germany

Chapter 29. Africa

Chapter 30. Asia

Chapter 31. Russia

Chapter 32. Britain and the Welfare State


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