Events That Changed the World in the Eighteenth Century

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Warfare on three continents, empire building, and revolution—political, agricultural, and industrial—dominate 18th-century world history. In Europe royal dynasties formed, fought major wars that carved up the map of Europe and the Americas, and began the great colonial expansion that dominated the next century. But the 18th century also ushered in the Enlightenment, which fired the imagination of Europeans, and the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions, which changed society and work forever. To help students ...

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Warfare on three continents, empire building, and revolution—political, agricultural, and industrial—dominate 18th-century world history. In Europe royal dynasties formed, fought major wars that carved up the map of Europe and the Americas, and began the great colonial expansion that dominated the next century. But the 18th century also ushered in the Enlightenment, which fired the imagination of Europeans, and the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions, which changed society and work forever. To help students better understand the major developments of the 18th century and their impact on 19th- and 20th-century history, this unique resource offers detailed description and expert analysis of the 18th century's most important events: Peter the Great's Reform of Russia; the War of the Spanish Succession; the First British Empire; the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War; the Enlightenment; the Agricultural Revolution; the American Revolution; the Industrial Revolution; the Slave Trade; and the French Revolution.

Each of the ten events is dealt with in a separate chapter. Designed for students, this unique format features an introductory essay that presents the facts, followed by an interpretive essay that places the event in a broader context and promotes student analysis. The introductory essay provides factual material about the event in a clear, concise, and chronological manner that makes complex history understandable. The interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field in a style designed to appeal to general readership, explores the short-term and far-reaching ramifications of the event. An annotated bibliography identifies the most important recent scholarship about each event. A full-page illustration complements the narrative for each event. Three useful appendices include: a glossary of names, events, and terms; a timeline of important events in 18th-century world history; and a listing of ruling houses and dynasties of 18th-century Europe. This work is an ideal addition to the high school, community college, and undergraduate reference shelf, as well as excellent supplementary reading for social studies and world history courses.

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Gr 9 Up--This clear and succinct resource describes major historical events and their ramifications. Topics include the reforms made by Peter the Great, the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the First British Empire, the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War, the Enlightenment, the Agricultural Revolution, the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the French Revolution. A time line, index to ruling houses and dynasties, and general index complete the book. Black-and-white illustrations and charts appear throughout, and each chapter includes a bibliography. Better than a general encyclopedia, this will be a handy reference for serious history students.--Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
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For each of ten key 18th-century events, the editors present an introduction, as well as an interpretive essay by a contributing writer. The events are Peter the Great's reform of Russia, the War of the Spanish Succession, the first British empire, the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War, the Enlightenment circa 1750, the agricultural revolution circa 1750, the American Revolution, the industrial revolution circa 1775, the Atlantic slave trade circa 1780, and the French Revolution. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

FRANK W. THACKERAY is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Peter the Great Reforms Russia, 1689-1725 1
Interpretive Essay 6
2 The Wart of the Spanish Succession, 1701-1714 21
Interpretive Essay 25
3 The First British Empire, 1701-1763 39
Interpretive Essay 44
4 The War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War, 1740-1763 59
Interpretive Essay 64
5 The Enlightenment, c. 1750 77
Interpretive Essay 82
6 The Agricultural Revolution, c. 1750 97
Interpretive Essay 102
7 The American Revolution, 1763-1783 115
Interpretive Essay 120
8 The Industrial Revolution, c. 1775 135
Interpretive Essay 139
9 The Atlantic Slave Trade, c. 1780 153
Interpretive Essay 158
10 The French Revolution, 1789-1799 169
Interpretive Essay 175
App. A: Glossary 189
App. B: Timeline 195
App. C Ruling Houses and Dynasties 199
Index 203
About the Editors and Contributors 213
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