1688: A Global History / Edition 1

1688: A Global History / Edition 1

by John E. Wills
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393322785

ISBN-13: 2900393322780

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A rich, kaleidoscopic history of the world in a year at the dawn of modern times. Told with the verve and color of Robert Darnton's bestseller The Great Cat Massacre, Jack Wills's masterful history ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Basho. Witness the splendor of the

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A rich, kaleidoscopic history of the world in a year at the dawn of modern times. Told with the verve and color of Robert Darnton's bestseller The Great Cat Massacre, Jack Wills's masterful history ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Basho. Witness the splendor of the Chinese imperial court as the Kangxi emperor publicly mourns the death of his grandmother and shrewdly consolidates his power. Walk the pungent streets of Amsterdam and enter the Rasp House, where vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals labor to produce powdered brazilwood for the dyeworks. Meet the Dog Shogun who rules Edo Castle, issuing countless edicts forbidding cruelty to dogs. Through these stories, Wills paints a detailed picture of how the global connections of power, money, and belief were beginning to lend the world its modern form. 12 b/w illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900393322780
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsX
AcknowledgmentsXI
January 3, 1688: A Baroque Prelude1
Part I.A World of Wooden Ships9
1.The Empire of Silver13
2.Many Africas32
3.Slaves, Ships, and Frontiers45
4.Dampier and the Aborigines60
Part II.The World of the Great Company67
5.The Cape of Good Hope69
6.The Island World74
7.Phaulkon87
Part III.Three Worlds Apart: Russia, China, Japan93
8.Tsar Peter's Russia95
9.Survivors and Visionaries105
10.At the Court of Kangxi113
11.The Jesuits and China128
12.Kanazawa, Edo, Nagasaki145
13.Saikaku and Basho158
Part IV.Versailles, London, Amsterdam167
14.The Sun King and the Ladies169
15.A Family Quarrel and a Glorious Revolution180
16.Echoes across the Oceans194
17.A Hundred Years of Freedom207
Part V.Worlds of Words: Styles and Thought in Europe219
18.In the Republic of Letters223
19.Aphra Behn237
20.Newton, Locke, and Leibniz242
Part VI.Islam and Its others253
21.The World of the Great Sultan255
22.Mecca269
23.Hindus and Muslims276
24.Englishmen, Indians, and Others285
Part VII.Exile, Hope, and Family293
25.Next Year in Jerusalem295
26.O Well Is Thee302
Sources and Further Reading305
Credits315
Index317

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