Enlightenment and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Enlightenment and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Europe

by Derek Beales
     
 

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The eighteenth century was a unique period of global and fundamental change. Britain conquered India and much of America, the American Revolution produced the USA, and Russia expanded vastly. In the field of ideas the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century was consolidated and followed by the Enlightenment. Nationalism flourished, populations surged and

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The eighteenth century was a unique period of global and fundamental change. Britain conquered India and much of America, the American Revolution produced the USA, and Russia expanded vastly. In the field of ideas the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century was consolidated and followed by the Enlightenment. Nationalism flourished, populations surged and the Commercial and Industrial Revolutions with Western technology eclipsed the East. Few centuries have inspired such a galaxy of historians, and their groundbreaking work has been drawn upon by Derek Beales in his collection of articles and special lectures. He covers the whole European kaleidoscope but especially Joseph II and the Habsburg monarchy, and sees Enlightened Despotism as the embodiment of the century's revolution in ideas, policies, government and administration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860649509
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
06/11/2005
Series:
International Library of Historical Studies Series , #29
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author


Derek Beales is Fellow and Emeritus Professor at Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge.

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