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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Cromer is a market town close to the shore of this dangerous coast, I know
nothing it is famous for (besides it's being thus the terror of the sailors) except
good lobsters, which are taken on that coast in great numbers, and carried to
I say increasing, because by the late setting up the English packets between this
port and Lisbon, there is a new commerce 31 between Portugal and this town,
carried on to a very great value. It is true, part of this trade was founded in a ...
Of this, a vast quantity is every week . . . carried to the river of Thames, by land
carriage, and so by barges to London. Again, in the spring of the year, they make
a vast quantity of that we call green cheese, which is a thin, and very soft cheese,
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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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