Charlemagne by Derek Wilson

By Derek Wilson

An soaking up biography of the nice chief who was once the bridge among historical and smooth Europe — the 1st significant learn in additional than twenty-five years.Charlemagne was once a unprecedented determine: an inventive army strategist, a sensible yet ruthless chief, a crafty flesh presser, and a religious believer who ensured the survival of Christianity within the West. He additionally believed himself above the foundations of the church, siring bastards throughout Europe, and coldly ordering the execution of 4,500 prisoners. Derek Wilson exhibits how this complex, attention-grabbing guy married the army may possibly of his military to the religious strength of the Church in Rome, thereby forging Western Christendom. it is a outstanding portrait of Charlemagne and of the complex political, spiritual, and cultural global he ruled.

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H. H. Green. S. B. Saul, Studies in British Overseas Trade, 1870-1914 (Liverpool, 1960). 8 ANDREW PORTER onerous, even as growth itself held out the prospect of rinding resources required to mount such defences. Britain's inescapable dependence on her navy forced governments after 1880 to accept the steady escalation of naval estimates, as the defence of the Empire and of overseas trade once more became virtually inseparable. Advanced capitalist societies, such as the United States and those of western Europe, found mounting levels of British economic activity compatible with their own unfettered political and economic independence.

Understood in this way, 'culture' clearly influenced and was influenced by expansion, economic practice, and the nature of government; it was also shaped by the encounters of different peoples within the framework of Empire. 49 However, the significance of Scots to Imperial expansion, and of Empire for Scotland, is hardly less. 50 Among the Empire's migrants as well as its administrators and soldiers, Scots equalled the English in numbers. Everywhere they became steadily more prominent: in the East India Company; in the great trading firms, such as Jardine Matheson (Asia), Balfour Williamson (Latin America), and Mackinnon Mackenzie (Indian Ocean and East Africa); in organizing and manning shipping companies, such as the City, Clan, and Castle Lines, and the British India Steam Navigation Company, as well as in managing and equipping many lesser firms, such as the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company; and in Scottish missions, scattered across the globe.

49 See chap, by David Fitzpatrick. 50 See below, pp. 273-74, 289-90. 51 John M. MacKenzie, 'On Scotland and the Empire', International History Review, XV (1993), pp. 714-39. 48 2O ANDREW PORTER In a gesture dismissive of those who emphasized the narrowly chauvinist or exclusively Imperial character of missionary enterprise, and simultaneously assertive of Scotland's global role, the World Missionary Conference of 1910 was held in Edinburgh. The smaller Welsh diaspora, much of it from south Wales, has been much less investigated, but both inside and outside the Empire displayed similar characteristics.

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