A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain
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.
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On this shore also are taken the best and nicest, though not the largest oysters in
England; the fishermen take them at the mouth of, that they call, Colchester Water
, and about the sand they call the Spits, and carry them up to Wyvenhoo, where ...
The town may be said chiefly to subsist by the trade of making bays, which is
known over most of the trading parts of Europe, by the name of Colchester bays,
though indeed the whole county, large as it is, may be said to be employed, and
1751), created a baronet in 1703, M.P. for Colchester and Verderer of Waltham
Forest. He was the son of a citizen of London. 14. p. 57 eat : Obsolete variant for '
ate'. 15. p. 57 Sir fosiah Child: See note 62 to p. 110. 16. p. 57 Sir Charles Lucas
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This journal of a series of trips "circuits" around England in the 1720's is part travelogue, part witty examination of legends, fables, & "history, part economic catalog, and part survery of facts of England.
It's written by Daniel Defoe-writer, journalist, soldier, & spy. Although less well known than some of his other works, it's well written and worth the effort.
The book captures England on the cusp of dramatic change. England was emerging into peace and prosperity after decades of dynastic and religious wars. Defoe captures English life just at the beginning of industrialization.
While popular with social historians and economists for all the detail it provides about life in this period, Defoe's witty and direct prose make it an interesting read for anyone wanting to learn more about 18th Century England.
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