1688: A Global History

1688: A Global History

John E. Wills Jr.


John E. Wills's masterful background ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian outdated Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Basho.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 beauty of the chinese language imperial court docket because the Kangxi emperor publicly mourns the dying of his grandmother and shrewdly consolidates his strength. sign up for the nice caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca. stroll the smelly streets of Amsterdam and input the Rasp apartment, the place vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals worked to provide powdered brazilwood for the dyeworks. via those tales and so forth, Wills paints a close photo of ways the worldwide connections of strength, cash, and trust have been commencing to lend the area its sleek shape. "A brilliant photo of lifestyles in 1688...filled with terrifying violence, scary diseases...comfortingly common human kindnesses...and the highbrow achievements of Leibniz, Locke, and Newton."—Publishers Weekly

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