As we began
this course, we explored at least two distinct models of
civilization. The first focused on Europe and its evolution from a
Medieval society to its emergence as a world power. Another focused
on the Far East, including China and Japan, and a third offered the
Islamic world as a model. The implication of this posturing is that
at least three models contended for world dominance beginning in
the 15th century. From that time, only one, the European model
emerged victorious. Let's assume that last statement is correct.
Your job in this question is to consider one of the other options.
Why did they fail as an opponent of the West? What advantages did
they have going into this contest (undeclared though it may be) and
what disadvantages did they have? What were the turning points that
led to their failure to keep pace with or even overtake the
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Your job in this response is to consider the efforts of one European power in the age of exploration (14th through 18th centuries) and examine both what they did and how each of these motives fits into the context of those efforts. You are expected to consider the role of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation in how and why your chosen European state engaged in the path of exploration and
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