Nationalism The rise in the spirit of nationalism led to many changes in Western Europe. You can trace this rise back to the American Revolution where the Americans established a country and kicked out the British colonialists. After viewing this uprising and playing a role in helping the Americans, the French were inspired to revolt in their own country. This along with many other factors eventually led to the French revolution in 1789. After the events of the French revolution and the toppling of the near absolutist monarchy, other nations in Europe also thought about standing up to the absolutist regimes in their countries.
Good Ol’ Colonialism Rape, murder, and disease; this is how we see the early colonial conquest by England. In the time that The Tempest was written the view on colonialism was quite different. Shakespeare, being very influential on the general population, could have easily made his opinions know and raise positive feelings,in his plays, about controversial actions being made by his beloved Queen and country. Shakespeare shows, in “The Tempest”, that colonialism is not the vile act that destroys native peoples through enslavement, power hungriness, and murder; but rather a necessary step in helping a native peoples who are left behind from society. In the late fifteenth century a young man left his home and family to join a troupe of actors,
The Spanish Armada was a turning point in history because of the huge upset that occurred because of 3 main reasons which were the Spanish's poorly set up strategies, the English's well defended land and the timing and natural events that occurred during spain's attack. The Spanish Armada was a exciting event in history because it shows how even when all the odds are against you, you can still win. England less ships and far less men, but somehow managed to defeat the “Invincible” Spanish Armada with just a few fireships, long ranged weapons, and according to some, the help of god. The defeat of the Spanish Armada was a great phenomenon and upset that occurred in 1588. In the 16th century spain was the most powerful empire in europe with the
In the light of an Enlightenment era radical ideas were nothing new, however radical ideas against the British government (and the european lifestyle in general) were dangerous. The founders were directly influenced by the enlightenment, Thomas Jefferson even had paintings of Locke, Bacon, and Newton in his home. The Colonists of that day, especially the learned men were raised to believe that founding a government was one of the greatest things a person could do. Thomas Paine wrote “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” The American revolution started as an Enlightenment movement, guided by Enlightenment principles, and brought about by the Children of the Enlightenment. The Revolution began as an infringement on the rights of English citizens, not American rights.
The well known Christopher Columbus was not the only explorer from the Iberian Peninsula who shaped the world today. Vasco Da Gama, a less popular explorer, actually had a large impact and array of accomplishments. He set off for India in 1497, following his passion to explore and be the first to reach Calicut. Gama was placed on the Saõ Gabriel by King Manuel to find spices and open up a sea route to India. Gama was inspired to explore because of the Renaissance in Europe.
Prior to the Latin American countries gaining independence, the Creole elites expressed great displeasure with the crown and readily equated themselves with the American colonists before gaining independence from Britain. With this ideology, many Creole’s became enfranchised with Anglo-European culture and enlightenment, convinced that this culture would solve their perceived problems. The Latin American Creole’s believed in both Charles Darwin and Spencer, to show that the fittest survive through evolution and that those concepts apply to the society they lived in. Spencer reinforced the belief that science, industry and progress were interlinked, and with the evolution of society their nations would bloom. Therefore, if an individual was failing in life, blame
In France the advancement in scientific thought was limited by the Catholic hegemony over knowledge, while England on the other hand due to the laxing of policing mechanism provided the ideal space for progress in scientific thought. Religion which had played an important role in the advancement of science since the sixteenth century becomes ever more significant in the span of two decades from 1640 to 1660. The moderate Puritan reformers were now being challenged by a number of radical sectarian movements who saw in science the potential to bring about radical changes in the society. The moderate reformers who later established the Royal Society of Science in 1662, had to declare its goal of promoting an organized pursuit of experimental science in order to distance themselves from any attempt at radically reforming the church or the state. The threat of being deemed heretical loomed large over the puritan scientific reformers and they sought to divert it by coming up with the Christianized versions of upcoming scientific theories.
Spices at that time was expensive and was difficult and dangerous to get. The traders had to travel from Europe to Asia through the dangerous silk road to get spices. At the time the silk road closed because of wars, Portugal was the first country in Europe to send explorers to find cheaper and safer sea routes. however, sailors were afraid of sea monsters which slowed down the process, Spain took over the lead of exploration when Portugal refused to pay Christopher Columbus’ to sail west to find a shortcut to India, but he convinced Spain’s King and Queen to pay it. Although Columbus thought he had reached Asia, he had actually discovered North America and it upheld it for Spain then colonized North America.
As citizens of India, we don’t always agree with the rules and regulation that our government imposes, but we have learned to be content as we have knowledge of its long lived history and because of our insecurities in other forms of government. However, it is intriguing to visualize a masked man, simply known as V, taking matters into his own hand and destroying an already established yet corrupt government for the betterment for his fellow citizens. In the film, V for Vendetta, V’s actions gives illustration to the Gunpowder plot which was initiated by Guy Fawkes back in the 16th century, which contributed to the good of the people. Guy Fawkes became known as London’s conspirator in a plot to blow up the parliament in the year 1605. Fawkes, “Gunpowder Plot” was the response to England’s official protestant changes in religion.
An advantage could only really be obtained by superior fire power and a ships craftmanship instead of strategy. This, for a long time, kept British at the forefront of naval warfare in the centuries leading up to the 20th century because not only did they have better cannons, but they also had much better ships then every other nation at that time. Mahan believed that U.S naval power was the only way to gain world power. To do this the U.S would need a bigger navy, this is where fleets came into play. President Theodore Roosevelt clearly believed in Mahar’s ideas and this is seen when Naval Heritage and History writes about The Great White fleet saying, “Roosevelt felt that a successful cruise of this magnitude would provide the American people with an example of US naval preparedness, strength and range.