chapter  4
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Rage Without Reason

When Columbus left for the Orient in 1492, Christendom was in the throes of transformation, and during the next century western European countries established the world’s first global capitalist economies. First Spain and Por­ tugal and later Britain, France, and the Netherlands created huge maritime empires stretching from the cereal estates of eastern Europe to the ports of Southeast Asia and the silver mines of Peru. A new age had begun.