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1688 : a global history

Author: John E Wills
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In his brief, focused chapters, Jack Wills also shows us ordinary life in the world of 1688. We join the great caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca, witness the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers, and walk the pungent streets of Amsterdam. There we enter the Rasp House, where vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals labored to produce powdered brazilwood for the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John E Wills
ISBN: 039304744X 9780393047448 0393322785 9780393322781
OCLC Number: 44681822
Description: xii, 330 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. A world of wooden ships --
[ch.] 1. The empire of silver --
[ch.] 2. Many Africas --
[ch.] 3. Slaves, ships, and frontiers --
[ch.] 4. Dampier and the aborigines --
pt. 2. The world of the great company --
[ch.] 5. The Cape of Good Hope --
[ch.] 6. The island world --
[ch.] 7. Phaulkon --
pt. 3. Three worlds apart : Russia, China, Japan --
[ch.] 8. Tsar Peter's Russia --
[ch.] 9. Survivors and visionaries --
[ch.] 10. At the court of Kangxi --
[ch.] 11. The Jesuits and China --
[ch.] 12. Kanazawa, Edo, Nagasaki --
[ch.] 13. Saikaku and Bashô --
pt. 4. Versailles, London, Amsterdam --
[ch.] 14. The Sun King and the ladies --
[ch.] 15. A family quarrel and a glorious revolution --
[ch.] 16. Echoes across the oceans --
[ch.] 17. A hundred years of freedom --
pt. 5. Worlds of words: styles and thought in Europe --
[ch.] 18. In the republic of letters --
[ch.] 19. Aphra Behn --
[ch.] 20. Newton, Locke, and Leibniz --
pt. 6. Islam and its others --
[ch.] 21. The worlds of the Great Sultan --
[ch.] 22. Mecca --
[ch.] 23. Hindus and Muslims --
[ch.] 24. Englishmen, Indians, and others --
pt. 7. Exile, hope, and family --
[ch.] 25. Next year in Jerusalem --
[ch.] 26. O well is thee.
Responsibility: John E. Wills.
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"In his brief, focused chapters, Jack Wills also shows us ordinary life in the world of 1688. We join the great caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca, witness the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers, and walk the pungent streets of Amsterdam. There we enter the Rasp House, where vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals labored to produce powdered brazilwood for the local dyeworks. And we meet hitherto unnoticed but unforgettable characters: Constantine Phaulkon, a Greek adventurer whose efforts to advance French interests as well as his own with the court of Siam ended in betrayal and a grisly death; and Dona Teresa, a beauty at fifteen, whose chaste loves stirred local legend in the wild mining town of Potosi." "Told with verve, color, and insight, Wills's book captures an historical moment in which the world seems both strange and familiar, when the global connections of power, money, and belief were ushering in the modern age."--Jacket.

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