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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Penryn, is up the same branch of the haven, as Falmouth, but stands four miles
higher towards the west, yet ships come to if of as great a size, as can come to
Truro it self; it is a very pleasant agreeable town, and for that reason has many ...
Barnstable is a large, spacious, well built town, more populous than Biddi- ford,
but not better built, and stands lower; insomuch, that at high water in spring tides,
it is, as it were, surrounded with water. Behind Biddiford, that is as we come from
Daniel Defoe Pat Rodgers. sarily be very high.; and so it is; for the castle which
stands at the extremity west, as the palace does east, makes on all the three
sides, that only excepted, which joins it to the city, a frightful and impassable
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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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