The Pursuit of Glory

The Pursuit of Glory : The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815

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"History writing at its glorious best."--The New York Times "A triumphant success. [Blanning] brings knowledge, expertise, sound judgment and a colorful narrative style."--The Economist The New York Times bestselling volume in the Penguin History of Europe series Between the end of the Thirty Years' War and the Battle of Waterloo, Europe underwent an extraordinary transformatoin that saw five of the modern world's great revolutions--scientific, industrial, American, French, and romantic. In this much-admired addition to the monumental Penguin History of Europe series, Tim Blanning brilliantly investigates the forces that transformed Europe from a medieval society into a vigorous powerhose of the modern world. Blanning renders this vast subject immediate 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 707 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 40mm | 639.56g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Tables, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0143113895
  • 9780143113898
  • 145,330

Table of contents

The Pursuit of Glory
List of Illustrations
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

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

Suggested Reading
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Review quote

aHistory writing at its glorious best.a
a"The New York Times"
a Magnificent. Exhilarating. [Blanning has] the acuity of vision to focus on the particular without ever needing to sacrifice the broader perspective.a
a"The Sunday Times" (London)
a A triumphant success. [Blanning] brings knowledge, experience, sound judgment, and a colorful narrative style.a
a"The Economist"
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About Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is professor of modern history at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy, and the author and editor of numerour books on European history. He appears regularly on BBC Radio in England.
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