1688: A Global History

John E. Wills

Published: 15 February 2001
Paperback, Other
129x198mm, 250 pages
ISBN: 9781862074675


This work is a survey of the world on the threshold of modernity and a sweeping narrative of different cultures being drawn together by the pull of trade and violence: a world where spices, silver and slaves made fortunes and ruined lives. The reader is taken on a journey around the world: through Russia, where Tsar Peter is about to launch a coup that will change his country's history for ever; to the splendid court of the Sun King in France; to Mexico; to the Sonora desert of North America, where a Jesuit priest and his tribe of Pima Indian converts are about to discover California; to Manila, Jamaica, Australia, South Africa, Siam and to England, where a Dutch king lands in Dorset to begin the Glorious Revolution and fashion the state under which we still live.

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John E. Wills is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and the author of many acclaimed works on cultural history. More about the author

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