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By Richard Clogg

This publication offers a concise, illustrated creation to the background of recent Greece, from the 1st stirrings of the nationwide stream within the past due eighteenth century to the current day. it truly is designed to supply a simple advent for basic and educational readers with very little previous wisdom of the topic, and supersedes Professor Clogg's brief background of contemporary Greece which has develop into a vintage due to the fact that its preliminary e-book in 1979. This most up-to-date account is a totally new e-book, conceived afresh for a wide readership, within which the various illustrations with their large captions shape a big a part of the textual content.

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However there were those, like Raleigh, who held that nobles were the descendants of those chosen by original popular compact and those, like Bodin, who saw their origin in violence and oppression, while others saw them as descendants of conquerors, such as the Franks. Moreno de Vargas (Discursos de la Nobleza de Espaha, 1636) like many of his predecessors quoted St Jerome—Nobilitates mundi nihil aliud esse quam inveteratae divitiae. In their more realistic and historical moments Spanish, French and Italian writers acknowledged that nobility was often the result of wealth, rather than virtue or valour.

Another broad distinction is that between the mainly town-dwelling nobilities of Castile and Italy and the mainly rural nobilities of England, 1 The Breton nobility is reckoned the most numerous of any French province and numbered some 40,000 or more in 1668, about 2% of the estimated population. J. Meyer, La Noblesse Bretonne au XVllle Siecle (1966), Vol. 1, pp. 55-6. 17 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 DECLINE OF SPAIN AND THE THIRTY YEARS WAR France, Germany and Poland.

As we shall see this view is mistaken and it is arguable that the trade through the Sound was more important for Europe than Seville's trade had ever been; it certainly employed an enormously greater volume of shipping. But before pursuing these questions, we should note that the interpretation of the seventeenth century as essentially a period of crisis and depression and that of long-term trends in grain prices as indices of economic growth have both been challenged. 8 Until the eighteenth century a large proportion of the population, more especially urban populations, were liable to suffer severely as a result of comparatively slight dislocations.

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