By John Darwin
Los otomanos, los mogoles, los manchúes, los británicos, los soviéticos, los japoneses y los nazis... Todos los imperios que construyeron estaban destinados a ser eternos; y todos cayeron. Sin embargo, como John Darwin muestra en este magnífico libro, su ambición imperial creó el mundo que hoy conocemos. los angeles muerte del gran emperador turco-mongol Tamerlán en 1405 supuso un punto de inflexión en los angeles historia common. Tamerlán fue el último de los «conquistadores del mundo» pertenecientes a los angeles tradición de Atila y Gengis Kan. Nunca más volvería un solo hombre a unir Eurasia bajo su dominio. Y no habían pasado ni cincuenta años de su desaparición cuando los Estados de Occidente comenzaron a explorar las rutas navales que habrían de convertirse en las arterias de los grandes imperios marítimos. Esta es los angeles historia de lo que ocurrió a partir de ese momento. Basándose en un poderoso ejercicio de historia comparada, John Darwin ofrece una innovadora mirada a l. a. historia international, cuestionando las visiones eurocéntricas de nuestro pasado colectivo. Desde el ascenso y declive de las potencias europeas hasta los angeles presencia colonial cada vez mayor de Estados Unidos y el resurgimiento de China y los angeles India como poderes económicos globales, este libro brinda una perspectiva fascinante sobre el pasado, presente y futuro de los imperios.
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The army, by the middle of the fifth century mostl y German , tended to fa vour an effecti ve civil administration, as it relied on the capacity of the government 10 coHeel (axes for its livelihood. I t had no permanent geographical base, but its centres lay in the northern cities (the North being most liable to invasion) and its relationship with Ravenna was close. The underlying opposition between the Senate and the administration was twofold . First , the Senate tended to regard itself as the legitimate source of authority in the Lat e Roman state, subject only to the emperor.
The first is the absence of evidence for any particular ferven cy for religion along the Lombards at all. Authari's anti-Catholic edict we have already referred to: it was limited to refusing to Lombards the right 10 baptise their children Catholic. Authari certainly had Catholic followers, however; Gregory tells us about one. 13 Arioald and Rothari can be seen in surviving actions 10 respect at least the rights of the Church of Rome over Catholics in Lombard territory. Of Grimoald 's religious sensibilities we know nothing whatsoever - though Paul, our major source here, never admitted any of his kings to be Arian with the sole exception ofRothari.
Droclulf was clhnically a Sueve, and the Lombard confederalion included a large number of different ethnic groups - Saxons, Gepids, Bulgars, Sarmalians, Sueves, Thuringians, Pannonian Romans - and the Saxons can actually be seen acting as a homogeneous group in our sources. Such a mix cannot have helped Lombard political cohesion in the period. By now, Spoleto and Benevento had certainly turned against Byza ntium , and could spread havoc in the peninsula . On the other hand , the Byzantines by 580 had bought the duke ofFriuli , Grasulf, probably the most powerful duke in the North.