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Europe in the 18th Century: Aristocracy and…

Europe in the 18th Century: Aristocracy and the Bourgeois Challenge

by George Rudé

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2465 Europe in the Eighteenth Century: Aristocracy and the Bourgeois Challenge, by George Rude (read 6 Oct 1992) This 1972 book is a part of the Praeger History of Civilization. I was not too impressed by the book--in contrast to other books I have read in that series, e.g., The Medieval World, The Decline of Rome, and The Golden Century. This book was so general, and seemed to shy away from specificity. But it had good points. The concluding chapter, entitled Why Was There a Revolution in France? seemed to say good things well. ( )
  Schmerguls | Apr 28, 2008 |
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Europe in the Eighteenth Century is a social history of Europe in all its aspects: economic, political, diplomatic military, colonial-expansionist. Crisply and succinctly written, it describes Europe not through a history of individual countries, but in a common context during the three quarters of a century between the death of Louis XIV and the industrial revolution in England and the social and political revolution in France. It presents the development of government, institutions, cities, economies, wars, and the circulation of ideas in terms of social pressures and needs, and stresses growth, interrelationships, and conflict of social classes as agents of historical change, paying particular attention to the role of popular, as well as upper- and middle-class, protest as a factor in that change.… (more)

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