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The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815 (Penguin History of Europe)

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An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur

Thomas Maddenandrsquo;s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the cityandrsquo;s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

Madden explores all aspects of Veniceandrsquo;s breathtaking achievements: the construction of its unparalleled navy, its role as an economic powerhouse and birthplace of capitalism, its popularization of opera, the stunning architecture of its watery environs, and more. He sets these in the context of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the endless waves of Crusades to the Holy Land, and the awesome power of Turkish sultans. And perhaps most critically, Madden corrects the stereotype of Shakespeareandrsquo;s money-lending Shylock that has distorted the Venetian character, uncovering instead a much more complex and fascinating story, peopled by men and women whose ingenuity and deep faith profoundly altered the course of civilization.

Synopsis:

In 1648, Europe was essentially a medieval society. By 1815, it was the powerhouse of the modern world. In exuberant prose, Tim Blanning investigates ?the very hinge of European history? (The New York Times) between the end of the Thirty Y ears? War and the Battle of Waterloo that witnessed five of the modern world?s great revolutions: scientific, industrial, American, French, and romantic. Blanning renders this vast subject digestible and absorbing by making fresh connections between the most mundane details of life and the major cultural, political, and technological transformations that birthed the modern age.

Synopsis:

The new volume in the acclaimed Penguin History of Europe series takes on the greater eighteenth century in all its revolutionary glory

Here is an enormously entertaining, rich, and provocative account of a vivid and magnificent era in Europes history. Tim Blanning has for many years been one of the foremost writers on the eighteenth century. The culmination of many years work, The Pursuit of Glory is an accessible and enjoyable account of Europe from the end of the Thirty Years War to the Battle of Waterlooan era of immense change and cultural, political, and technological ferment. Spanning the years 16481815, The Pursuit of Glory takes us from the Enlightenment through the French Revolution and Napoleonic era. As interested in the art and music of the period as in the great dynastic and revolutionary wars, as concerned with the lives of ordinary people as with the great rulers on horseback, The Pursuit of Glory turns a compelling spotlight on one of historys most unique and fascinating eras.

About the Author

Tim Blanning is professor of modern history at the University of Cambridge and the author and editor of numerous books on European history.

Table of Contents

The Pursuit of Glory

List of Illustrations

Maps

1. Europe in the era of Louis XIV

2. Europe in the eighteenth century

3. Europe in 1809

4. Europe in 1815

5. The Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy in the eighteenth century

Preface

Introduction

Part One: Life and Death

1. Communications

2. People

3. Trade and Manufacturing

4. Agriculture and the Rural World

Part Two: Power

5. Rulers and Their Elites

6. Reform and Revolution

Part Three: Religion and Culture

7. Religion and the Churches

8. Court and Country

9. Palaces and Gardens

10. The Culture of Feeling and the Culture of Reason

Part Four: War and Peace

11. From the Peace of Westphalia to the Peace of Nystad

12. From the Peace of Nystad to the French Revolutionary Wars

13. The Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon

Conclusion

Suggested Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143113898
Author:
Blanning, Tim
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Cannadine, David
Author:
Cannadine, David
Author:
Madden, Thomas F.
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Europe History 1789-1815.
Subject:
Europe History 1648-1789.
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
Italy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin History of Europe
Series Volume:
The Five Revolutions
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-pg 4/c insert + 2 maps
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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In 1648, Europe was essentially a medieval society. By 1815, it was the powerhouse of the modern world. In exuberant prose, Tim Blanning investigates ?the very hinge of European history? (The New York Times) between the end of the Thirty Y ears? War and the Battle of Waterloo that witnessed five of the modern world?s great revolutions: scientific, industrial, American, French, and romantic. Blanning renders this vast subject digestible and absorbing by making fresh connections between the most mundane details of life and the major cultural, political, and technological transformations that birthed the modern age.

"Synopsis" by , The new volume in the acclaimed Penguin History of Europe series takes on the greater eighteenth century in all its revolutionary glory

Here is an enormously entertaining, rich, and provocative account of a vivid and magnificent era in Europes history. Tim Blanning has for many years been one of the foremost writers on the eighteenth century. The culmination of many years work, The Pursuit of Glory is an accessible and enjoyable account of Europe from the end of the Thirty Years War to the Battle of Waterlooan era of immense change and cultural, political, and technological ferment. Spanning the years 16481815, The Pursuit of Glory takes us from the Enlightenment through the French Revolution and Napoleonic era. As interested in the art and music of the period as in the great dynastic and revolutionary wars, as concerned with the lives of ordinary people as with the great rulers on horseback, The Pursuit of Glory turns a compelling spotlight on one of historys most unique and fascinating eras.

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