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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407 The Earl of Sunderland: Charles Spencer, third Earl (1674-1722), statesman
and bibliophile, son-in-law of the Duke of Marlborough; died suddenly on 19 April
1722, leaving the way open for Robert Walpole to assume unchallenged ...
1664), married the sixteenth Earl of Derby; the siege of Latham House finally
raised 27 May 1644. 8. p. 548 the late bloody action: On 12-13 November 1715,
when the southward march of the Pretender's forces was halted. 9. p. 553 a
593 the grandson : William Douglas, third Earl, first Marquis and first Duke (1637-
95). His son: James Douglas, second Duke (1622-1711). For Defoe's contact with
the latter during the negotiations for the Union in 1707, see Letters, pp. 205 ff.
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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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