The General History of Socialism and Social Struggles - Vol. 2

The General History of Socialism and Social Struggles - Vol. 2

The General History of Socialism and Social Struggles - Vol. 2

The General History of Socialism and Social Struggles - Vol. 2

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The decay of the Roman Empire was the consequence of economic weakness, while the dissolution of the Middle Ages was the consequence of the rise of the new economy and was consummated amid violent internal struggles. Traces of the process of decomposition distinctly reveal themselves in the fourteenth century. The two universal powers, the Papacy and the Empire, whose adventures and antagonisms filled the stage of the Middle Ages, were shaken to their foundations by the new insurgent force: the national State. Within both central bodies nuclei were forming . . .

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