Mankind in Many Ages; Comprising a Universal History of the Peoples of Asia, Africa, Greece, and Rome, Also of Europe During the Middle Ages, American and European Revolutions, Contemporary History, and Social Progress

Mankind in Many Ages; Comprising a Universal History of the Peoples of Asia, Africa, Greece, and Rome, Also of Europe During the Middle Ages, American and European Revolutions, Contemporary History, and Social Progress

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...ambition, which made him the disturber of Europe for half a century, and the evils that resulted thereof undermined the foundations of his throne, and were one of the principal causes of the great tragedy which overthrew the throne of the Bourbons in the end of the eighteenth century. Notwithstanding all this, we cannot fail to acknowledge the great qualities that distinguished him; it was his highest honour that be discerned and recompensed every species of merit. The reform of the law, the police, administration, commerce, trade, sciences, and arts, all occupied his attention. Poetry, elocution, and history were brought to perfection by Corneille, Racine, Boileau, Moleire, Bossuet, Flechier, F enelon, Pascal, &c. &c. The city of Paris became in the reign of Louis the centre of good taste and the school of politeness. CHAPTER VIII. THE WAR IN THE NORTHERN STATES VVHILST the Spanish succession occupied Western Europe, another war, still more sanguinary, was raging in the north. This struggle offers a peculiar interest, as it is not the result of a subtle jealousy, but the love of glory, the ambition of a soldier-prince, or a princesoldier. The most illustrious characters adorned the north during the latter part of Louis' reign; these were Peter the Great of Russia and Charles XII. of Sweden. We see the two monarchs at the head of their armies directing the operations of the battles in person. It is from this that this war takes its epic character, quite strange till then to modern history. Sweden, strengthened in her external position by the peace of Oliva, which she had concluded with Poland after the death of Charles X. in 1660, prospered internally through the wise administration of Charles XI., who...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236959833
  • 9781236959836