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A Manual of Medieval and Modern History (Classic Reprint)

A Manual of Medieval and Modern History (Classic Reprint)

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The following pages contain a sketch of fourteen centuries, from the full of one Empire at Ravenna to the establishment of another at Berlin.

To give perfect literary form to such a mass of details would be a task beyond either the power or the ambition of the present writer, even were it not complicated by the necessity of bringing the work within certain material limits adapted to the wants of students. Our humbler attempt has been to convey some impression of the continuity of the civil history of Europe and its dependencies, under the successive leadership of the Goths and the Franks, the Empire and the Spanish power, France and England, until the supremacy of the Teutonic tribes at the opening of the period finds its counterpart in the predominance of the new German Empire and the Anglo-Saxon race, at its close.

This object has been sought through a simple narration of events. Larger generalization might have been more interesting to the mature reader, but students will only be able to form and rightly to estimate theories when they are in thorough possession of the facts.

In the grouping of incidents, two methods lay open to the writer. By presenting the States of Europe in a series of separate histories, greater completeness of execution could have been combined with the easy flow of a continuous narrative. But these advantages would have been neutralized by the hick of any comprehensive view of Europe as a whole - a whole, complex, indeed, but possessing, under all its superficial diversities, several grand principles of unity, whose workings, if we succeed in making them apparent, arc of more value than the mere annals of any or all the individual States. The confluence of German ideas and customs with Roman civilization and religion must be studied in almost every country in Europe, from the subjugation of Gaul, Spain, and Italy, and the "missions" of Gregory the Great, to the recent rivalries of northern statesmen and prelates, and the correspondence of Bismarck with the Vatican. The religious unity of medi?val Europe, which alone could have produced the great tidal movements of the Crusades, is not broken by the Teutonic Reformation before another and very different sort of unity, formed and fostered by diplomacy, has been already three quartern of a century in growth.

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