1688: A Global History | Granta

  • Published: 15/02/2001
  • ISBN: 9781862074675
  • Granta Books
  • 250 pages

1688: A Global History

John E. Wills

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.

The breadth and depth of learning in Wills's book are staggering

Sunday Times

Each time Wills turns his narrative kaleidoscope he produces a brand-new landscape and cultural context

Daily Telegraph

For all those of us who are shamefully and parochially ignorant, John Wills's book affords eye-opening perspectives on these worlds apart

The Times

The Author

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

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