POLS 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Culture Of The United Kingdom

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Chapter 14 – Introduction to international politics
Modern Colonialism
The largest modern empire was the British, although most other European countries annexed
overseas territories.
-The British empire ensured the spread of British culture, and the establishment of English
as the major international language.
Nowadays, imperialism is closely associated with the USA, although the phenomenon is now
more about economic power than territorial conquest.
Yet some regard transnational corporations as the real ‘imperialists’ of the world today, acting
through an increasingly globalized economy.
-Empire in denial – USA
State and modernity
The year 1500 is conventionally taken t mark the beginning of the modern age.
At that time, the Chinese empire was far more advanced than European states, in terms of
technology, military power and bureaucratic efficiency.
In Europe, a key milestone in development of the modern state was the Treaty of Westphalia.
This upheld the right of rulers to organize their domestic affairs free from outside interference.
However, it is only in the period since 1945 that Europe has adopted a mode of cooperation
which promises to bring lasting peace to the continent.
Sovereignty
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The largest modern empire was the british, although most other european countries annexed overseas territories. The british empire ensured the spread of british culture, and the establishment of english as the major international language. Nowadays, imperialism is closely associated with the usa, although the phenomenon is now more about economic power than territorial conquest. Yet some regard transnational corporations as the real imperialists" of the world today, acting through an increasingly globalized economy. The year 1500 is conventionally taken t mark the beginning of the modern age. At that time, the chinese empire was far more advanced than european states, in terms of technology, military power and bureaucratic efficiency. In europe, a key milestone in development of the modern state was the treaty of westphalia. This upheld the right of rulers to organize their domestic affairs free from outside interference.

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