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EDITED BY G. W. PROTHERO, LITT.D., LL.D.
HONORARY FELLOW OF KING's COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND LATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH.
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AUTHOR OF ‘PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE,’
G E N E RA L PREF ACE.
The aim of this series is to sketch the history of Modern Europe, with that of its chief colonies and conquests, from about the end.of the fifteenth century down to the present time. In one or two cases the story commences at an earlier date: in the case of the colonies it generally begins later. The histories of the different countries are described, as a rule, separately ; for it is believed that, except in epochs like that of the French Revolution and Mapoleon I, the connection of events will thus be better understood and the continuity of historical development more clearly displayed.
The series is intended for the use of all persons anxious to understand the nature of existing political conditions. “The roots of the present lie deep in the past”; and the real significance of contemporary events cannot be grasped unless the historical causes which have led to them are known. The plan adopted makes it possible to treat the history of the last four centuries in considerable detail, and to embody the most important results of modern research. It is hoped therefore that the series will be useful not only to beginners but to students who have already acquired some general knowledge of European History. For those who wish to carry their studies further, the bibliography appended to each volume will act as a guide to original sources of information and works more detailed and authoritative.
Considerable attention is paid to political geography, and each volume is furnished with such maps and plans as may be requisite for the illustration of the text.
G. W. PROTHERO.