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By Norman John Greville Pounds

This publication, like its better half quantity, An historic Geography of Europe 450 BC-AD 1330, seeks to envision the advanced of traditional and man-made gains that experience stimulated the process historical past and feature been stimulated by way of it. It follows the overall development of the sooner quantity and spans the interval from the early 16th century to the eve of the commercial Revolution in continental Europe, nearly 1500 to 1840. It first provides an image of the geography of Europe - political, social and fiscal - within the early 16th century, and it ends with an analogous photo of continental Europe within the early 19th. The intervening interval of approximately 3 centuries is just too brief to be provided in a chain of cross-sections. as an alternative, among those horizontal images a sequence of vertical experiences has been inserted. those hint the advance of the most aspects of eu geography in this interval. There are chapters on inhabitants, city improvement, agriculture, production and exchange and shipping. As within the previous quantity, no try has been made to incorporate both the British Isles or Russia, and those are spoke of in simple terms by the way.

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Marriage, which had done much to bring these territories together, took them, after the death of the last duke in 1477, to the emperor Maximilian and joined them with the Habsburg lands in southern Germany and Austria. Philip of Habsburg in the next generation married Johanna, heiress of Castile and Aragon as well as of the Spanish empire in the New World. Their son, the emperor Charles V, was ruler of all the lands which had thus been brought together. To these he added Bohemia and those parts of Hungary which escaped the Turkish conquest when their last king, Lewis, perished as he fled from the battlefield of Mohacs (1526).

In some instances it was practicable to interpolate a likely total. One was nevertheless left with such insoluble problems as the size of Rome after its sack by the soldiers of Charles V or of the Budapest cluster of settlements after their capture by the Turks. It proved impossible on a continental map to represent towns of less than about 5000 inhabitants, partly because of their great number, partly because of the problem of distinguishing between them and large villages from which they scarcely differed in function.

They found no inconsistency between their intense loyalty to their own state and hostility to others on the one hand, and their belief in the unity of Italy. Francesco Guicciardini could write a Florentine history filled with local pride and fierce condemnation of other city-republics and also a history of Italy, in which he lamented the inability of Italians to combine against a common enemy. 'I want to see three things before 1 die', he wrote; 'a well ordered republic in our city, Italy liberated from all the barbarians, the world delivered from the tyranny .

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