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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We may reasonably conclude, that this manufacture was at first seated in this
county, or, as we may say, planted itself here at first, because of the infinite
numbers of sheep, which were fed at that time upon the downs and plains of
Dorset, Wilts, ...
The Manchester trade we all know; and all that are concerned in it know that it is,
as all our other manufactures are, very much increased within these thirty or forty
years especially beyond what it was before; and as the manufacture is ...
Here is a manufacture of plaiding, a stuff cross-striped with yellow and red, and
other mixtures for the plaids or veils, which the ladies in Scotland wear, and
which is a habit peculiar to the country. 3. Here is a manufacture of muslins, and,
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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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