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1688 : a global history / by John E. Wills

Wills, John E.

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ISBN 10: 1862074135 / ISBN 13: 9781862074132
Published by London : Granta, 2001
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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw. A particularly fine example; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp cornered.; 330 pages; Description: 330 p. : map ; 24 cm. Indexed and comprehensively annotated. Subject: History, Modern --17th century --Dates covered: 1688-1688 --History, Modern. Summary: John E. Wills's masterful history ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Basho. Witness the splendor of the Chinese imperial court as the Kangxi emperor publicly mourns the death of his grandmother and shrewdly consolidates his power. Join the great caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca. Walk the pungent streets of Amsterdam and enter the Rasp House, where vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals labored to produce powdered brazilwood for the dyeworks. Through these stories and many others, Wills paints a detailed picture of how the global connections of power, money, and belief were beginning to lend the world its modern form. 1 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 10813

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Title: 1688 : a global history / by John E. Wills

Publisher: London : Granta

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Historian John E. Wills presents a picture of the world over just one year, a time when only a few travellers and merchants were aware of societies beyond their own. The book reflects the variety, splendour and strangeness of the human condition.

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John E. Wills is professor of history at the University of Southern California and the author of many acclaimed works in cultural history.

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