PT. 2. History of the War of 1741

PT. 2. History of the War of 1741

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...homage at the same time to several great princes, who are disputing about the homage and fief itself among one another, as happens so often in Germany and Italy. Hence it is that Asia is almost always in a pacific state, if we except the invasions of conquerors, who are in that part of the world yet more cruel than in Europe, and the unavoidable quarrels, more especially among the Turks and Persians, about frontiers. Those who accurately and nicely examine into the capital events of this world will easily remark that, since the year I600, there have been forty considerable wars in Europe, and but one of any consequence in Great Tartary, China, and the Indies, countries of immense extent, better peopled, and much richer. In a word, there has been no war on account of trade in Asia, Africa, or America, but has been kindled by the Europeans. The marriage of Maximilian I., afterwards emperor of Germany, with Mary of Burgundy, had been for three ages the occasion of a perpetual difference between France and Austria. The American and Asiatic trade was afterwards fresh ground for discord in Europe. The system of the balance of power in Europe, which is at present the cause and pretext of so many leagues and wars, first made its appearance during the disputes between Charles V. and Francis I. Henry VIII., king of England, who, seeing himself between two potent rivals, labored to prevent each from acquiring a superiority, took for his device an archer, with his bow bent, and this motto: " Whom I defend shall be my master; " but if Henry held the balance, it was with an unsteady hand. Henry IV. of France, oppressed by the house of Austria, was constantly aided by Queen Elizabeth, and the states of Holland owed their liberty to more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236905350
  • 9781236905352