Britain in the early eighteenth century: an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.
Author: Daniel Defoe
Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions
Release Date: 2010-10-21
The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.Rich in titles on English life and social history, this collection spans the world as it was known to eighteenth-century historians and explorers. Titles include a wealth of travel accounts and diaries, histories of nations from throughout the world, and maps and charts of a world that was still being discovered. Students of the War of American Independence will find fascinating accounts from the British side of conflict. ++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++British LibraryT070855The imprint of Vols II and III begins: "printed for J. Rivington, J. Buckland, Hawes, Clarke, and Collins, T. Davies, W. Johnston, [and 15 others in London]"; the imprint of Vol. IV begins: "printed for J. Rivington, J. Buckland, Hawes, Clarke, and CollinLondon: printed for J. and F. Rivington; R. Baldwin; Hawes, Clarke and Collins; J. Buckland; W. and J. Richardson, [and 15 others in London], 1769. 4v.; 12
Author: Clyve Jones
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 1987
The seventy years of late Stuart and early Hanoverian Britain following 1680 were a crucial period in British politics and society, seeing the growth both of political parties and of stability. This collection of original essays provides a coherent account of Britain in the 'First Age of Party'.
Author: Daniel Defoe
Release Date: 2001
This volume reveals the extraordinary range of Daniel Defoe's intellectual interests. Three volumes are devoted to major historical writings by Defoe. His "Memoirs of the Church of Scotland" and "History of the Union of Great Britain" are included here.
Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms. One of the bestselling books in history, Robinson Crusoe is credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction and is among the most compelling tales of survival the world has ever known. Caught in a terrible hurricane, Robinson Crusoe finds himself shipwrecked on a remote island. At the mercy of nature and, worse, a horrifying solitude, Crusoe does his best to survive. Crafting his own tools, building his own shelter, and growing his own food, Crusoe does well protecting his body, but the weight of loneliness begins to ebb away at his mind. Too aware of the days, months, and years that have passed, Crusoe finally happens upon a footprint. His joy at discovering other people quickly turns to his horror when he discovers he shares this island with cannibals. Though he is longer alone in the world, is it enough to prevent the disappearance of the man once known as Crusoe? Can a man who has survived his horrors return to society?