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Enlightenment and Reform in 18th-Century Europe

Enlightenment and Reform in 18th-Century Europe
Derek Beales

Introduction by: Hamish Scott

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The 18th century was a unique period of global and fundamental change. Britain conquered India and much of America, the American Revolution produced the USA, and Russia expanded vastly. In the field of ideas the Scientific Revolution was consolidated and followed by the Enlightenment. Nationalism flourished, populations surged, and the Commercial and Industrial Revolutions with Western technology eclipsed the East. Few centuries have inspired such a galaxy of historians, and their groundbreaking work has been drawn upon by Derek Beales in his collection of articles and special lectures. He covers the whole European kaleidoscope, but focuses especially on Joseph II and the Hapburg monarchy, asserting that Enlightened Despotism was the emodiment of the century's revolution in ideas, politics, government and administration.

Author Info

Derek Beales is Fellow and Emeritus Professor at Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Historical Studies

Hardback
ISBN: 9781860649493
Publication Date: 24 Mar 2005
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: Illustrations, maps, music

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