By John E. Wills
"A completely soaking up book...imaginative and erudite, choked with startling juxtapositions and flashes of genuine perception."—Jonathan D. Spence
John E. Wills's masterful heritage ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian outdated Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Basho. Witness the attractiveness of the chinese language imperial court docket because the Kangxi emperor publicly mourns the dying of his grandmother and shrewdly consolidates his energy. subscribe to the nice caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca. stroll the stinky streets of Amsterdam and input the Rasp residence, the place vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals worked to provide powdered brazilwood for the dyeworks. via those tales and so forth, Wills paints an in depth photograph of the way the worldwide connections of energy, cash, and trust have been starting to lend the realm its glossy shape. "A vibrant photograph of lifestyles in 1688...filled with terrifying violence, scary diseases...comfortingly widely used human kindnesses...and the highbrow achievements of Leibniz, Locke, and Newton."—Publishers Weekly
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1688: A Global History by John E. Wills