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chapter 6 -- Part 6:
The shifts in civilization were not a big deal.
In eastern Europe, the international capitalist economy helped serfdom grow even more oppressive.
More destructive wars were fought by better-organized and better-armed states.
The result of the Reformation was two hundred years of religious hatred, persecution, and war.
The beginning of the Atlantic slave trade was caused by Europe's close links with the rest of the world.
The era was as bad as any in history.
A new kind of civilization, with unprecedented tech nical skills, worldwide power, and a willingness to deliberately alter its own ways of life, was coming into being by 1650.
Christian Europe was going to become a part of the modern West.
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