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The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions that Made Modern Europe:… (edition 2008)
by Tim Blanning
The Pursuit of Glory: Europe, 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670063207, Hardcover)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 Europe’s 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 Waterloo—an era of immense change and cultural, political, and technological ferment. Spanning the years 1648–1815, 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 history’s most unique and fascinating eras.
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Tim Blanning brings to life one of the most extraordinary and dynamic periods in Europe's history: from the desolate, battered and introvert continent of the end of the Thirty Years War to the overwhelmingly dynamic one that experienced the French Revolution and the wars of Napoleon. How did people really live their lives? How did they understand their world? What did they buy? What did they eat? How did they pray? What were their loyalties and their values? From the lives of ordinary farmers and soldiers to great kings, princes and bishops and the dominant personalities of the age (Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, Napoleon); from art, leisure pursuits and garden design to the strange sport of fox-tossing, Blanning explores this era of immense change, and cultural, political and technological ferment.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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