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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Some of our historians tell a long fabulous story47 of this river's being once open,
and a famous harbour for ships belonging to the town of Leostof adjoining; but
that the town of Yarmouth envying the prosperity of the said town of Leostof, ...
Yarmouth, there are no less than four light-houses kept flaming every night,
besides the lights at Castor, north of the town, and at Goulston S, all which are to
direct the sailors to keep a good offing, in case of bad weather, and to prevent
... strait, which ships some times pass through in fair weather, called the Needles;
and right against an ancient town of that island called Yarmouth, and which, in
distinction from the great town of Yarmouth in Norfolk, is called South Yarmouth.
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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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