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 south side we come to Foy, or Fowey, an ancient town, and formerly very
large; nay, not large only, but powerful and potent for the Foyens, as they were
then called, were able to fit out large fleets not only for merchant's ships, but even
... under him, an ascent with marble steps, a balustrade, and a half pace, which,
formerly was actually there with room for a throne, or chair of state, for the
sovereign to sit on, when on public days he thought fit to appear in ceremony. No
We see several villages, formerly standing, as it were, in the country, and at a
great distance, now joined to the streets by continued buildings, and more
making haste to meet in the like manner; for example, Deptford, this town was
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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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