1688: A Global History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - History - 330 pages
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John E. Wills's masterful history ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Basho¯. Witness the splendor of the Chinese imperial court as the Kangxi emperor publicly mourns the death of his grandmother and shrewdly consolidates his power. Join the great caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca. Walk the pungent streets of Amsterdam and enter the Rasp House, where vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals labored to produce powdered brazilwood for the dyeworks. Through these stories and many others, Wills paints a detailed picture of how the global connections of power, money, and belief were beginning to lend the world its modern form. "A vivid picture of life in 1688...filled with terrifying violence, frightening diseases...comfortingly familiar human kindnesses...and the intellectual achievements of Leibniz, Locke, and Newton."--Publishers Weekly
 

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Wills (history, Univ. of Southern California; Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History) has fashioned a wide-ranging, serendipitous collection of histories and accounts centered around 1688. The ... Read full review

Contents

A WORLD OF WOODEN SHIPS
9
The Empire of Silver
13
Many Aricas
32
Slaves Ships and Frontiers
45
Dampier and the Aborigines
60
THE WORLD OF THE GREAT COMPANY
67
The Cape of Good Hope
69
The Island World
74
A Family Quarrel and a Glorious Revolution
180
Echoes across the Oceans
194
A Hundred Years of Freedom
207
WORLDS OF WORDS STYLES AND THOUGHT IN EUROPE
219
In the Republic of Letters
223
Aphra Behn
237
Newton Locke and Leibniz
242
ISLAM AND ITS OTHERS
253

Phaulkon
87
THREE WORLDS APART RUSSIA CHINA IAPAN
93
Tsar Peters Russia
95
Survivors and Visionaries
105
At the Court of Kangxi
113
The Jesuits and China
128
Kanazawa Edo Nagasaki
145
Saikaku and Basho
158
VERSAILLES LONDON AMSTERDAM
167
The Sun King and the Ladies
169
The World of the Great Sultan
255
Mecca
269
Hindus and muslims
276
Englishmen Indians and Others
285
Next Year in Jerusalem
295
O Well Is Thee
302
Source and Futher Reading
305
Credits
315
Index
317
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About the author (2002)

John E. Wills, Jr., is professor of history at the University of Southern California and the author of many acclaimed works in cultural history, including Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History.

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