The Rise of Europe Essay

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The Rise of Europe

Contemporary world power, and the shift from the East to the West during what historian’s term, Medieval/Renaissance Europe, shifted the roles of two vastly different empires – the Ming and Ottoman. Even though we barely even touched on the Ming Empire, I feel like the significance of it, is far too grand to leave out in describing the rise of Europe. Both empires had different types of leadership and core goals – military and social. The Ming Empire was led by brilliant philosophical scholars, concerned not only with the external world but the development of the internal consciousness; the Ottoman based on a new monotheistic religion that stratified society, but also allowed numerous mathematical, scientific, and
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Order was considered supreme, since it was more efficient. Warfare, too, was conducting in a manner befitting an organized society, in which tactics were based on intellectual goals, rather than emotional needs (Genet, 1996). At the time of the ascension of these two great Eastern Empires, Europe remained somewhat in flux; there was little national identity, certainly religion dominated all aspects of life; and while there were technological advances in architecture and social thought, remained relatively stable until the opening up of trade routes to the Middle and Far East. The Crusades, for instance, four separate campaigns that were mandated by the papacy to ostensibly control the holy city of Jerusalem, but were, in fact, a struggle to unite the feudal lords of Europe into a common cause and assert a new economic authority of Europe, opened Europe up to the Middle East. Tales of great riches, new cultures, and ideals sent explores, prominent among them the Venetian Marco Polo, into the depths of East Asia. This, combined with advances in navigation and the desire to expand European Empires, led to the Age of Discovery, roughly 1450-1650, in which European powers increased their migration, economic, political, and cultural expansion; both to the New World of South, Central, and North America, and around the Cape of Good Hope into Asia (Pomoni, 2009). Thus, it was essentially economic opportunity that moved

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