Sunday, January 3, 2010


Montesquieu was the first to recognize that, at the end of the seventeenth century, a profound and arguably permanent transformation had taken place in European politics. He saw that commerce had replaced war as the force dominant in international relations; that a well-ordered Carthage could now defeat Rome on the field of the sword; and that, in the wake of the Glorious Revolution, Great Britain – with its separation of powers, its policy of religious toleration, its devotion to industry and trade, and its empire over the sea – had come to occupy a pre-eminence that no existing continental power could hope to challenge. That European monarchy – with its hereditary aristocracy, its ethos of honor, its suspicion of trade, and its appetite for conquest, empire, and glory – could not be sustained in an age in which money had become the sinews of war: this he also knew.



ZAROVE said...

May I ask what the quote is about? I reamilse it is about a shift away fgrom DOmennenece by Military Might and instead via Commerce, but I wonder, as the quote is out of context, if their is a deeper signifigance than this.

I have not read Montesque.

Emily Cragg said...

Wow. I thought there was nobody left who cares what it takes to lead a population: education, skills, tolerance, fortitude, forebearance, wit and patience. This is why a family must focus every scintilla of its energy, to remain a dynasty. My papa was the Duke of Windsor; and they got rid of him [illegally] for reasons that have never been told. He was not a Fascist [although his wife was], not an Occultist, not a Satanist, not a greedy man. He served the purpose for George VI as a scapegoat for the sins of the nation.