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In the early-modern era, there is a strategy--but no blueprint-to collect princedoms and crowns in order to increase prestige and territory; in the modern period there is usually no strategy, or plan or blueprint to start a large power; the factor luck, and coincidence also do play a role, and of no small importance is the factor of the absence of competition (with the Dutch Republic as an example); once a great power is created, a political aim is detected to maintain that position, and that goal is also visible in education and culture, see England in the 19th century, and Bismarck's Germany after 1871.
Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003), 180, suggests that Machiavelli is subtly illustrating the problems that make princedoms inferior to republics.
The ultimate goal of the suspension, and Arthur's appeal to Leodogran, is nationalistic--to consolidate (or overthrow) the petty kings and princedoms and "make the kingdom one" (CA, 15), a goal that implicitly supersedes (or obviates) all foregoing claims.
Almost at the same time (1819-1820), Britain entered the Gulf and concluded agreements with the coastal princedoms to prevent pirates from attacking the ships of the East Indian Company laden with Britain-bound Indian riches.
Even so Napoleon confers princedoms upon his marshals on the spot where they have just scored a crushing victory.
The Dutch occupied the East Indies, a highly fragmented and disparate series of isolated island princedoms, and the British occupied India, using a combination of better artillery, vastly superior field tactics, but most of all, the treachery and complicity of Indian allies who turned against their rulers thinking that the British would help them.
Rather, it was a collection of princedoms with both Hindu and Muslim rulers governing a population diverse in faith, language, and custom.
A great many men have imagined states and princedoms such as nobody ever saw or knew in the real world, and there's such a difference between the way we really live and the way we ought to live that the man who neglects the real to study the ideal will learn how to accomplish his ruin, not his salvation.
Professor Pryce said: "The series shows that the medieval princes of Wales were not just parochial rulers of princedoms but leaders who played a part on the European political stage.
In Germany, romanticist intellectuals created a movement that made race and language the rationale for the unification of the many small German states and princedoms of northern Europe.
The city was involved in several conflicts between the German princedoms and the French in the 17th and 18th centuries, a time when Louis XIV was intent on expanding France's northeastern frontiers.
Bismarck created the "Second Reich" out of diverse German-speaking princedoms in the 1870s.
Fowler2 319 and 335, to Colossians 1:16 as "Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers," implicitly confirming the Son's creative role.
8) Further, she contrasts the hapless, aimless fairies with "The Angels of the Lord, from Heaven's Gate," who "March helmeted in gold and silver ranks / Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers" (316).
Despite the overall spiritual leadership of the hereditary King of Bali, a number of separate princedoms existed at various times--based largely upon the physical properties of the island.