A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain Covers Britain in the early eighteenth century.
- Published: 01 September 1978
- Format: Paperback 736 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140430660 ISBN 10: 0140430660
- Sales rank: 320,348
Full description for A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain
This book covers Britain in the early eighteenth century. It provides an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.