From the bestselling author of Modern Times, A History of the Jews, and Intellectuals, a provocative, challenging, and readable history of 15 years ...Show synopsisFrom the bestselling author of Modern Times, A History of the Jews, and Intellectuals, a provocative, challenging, and readable history of 15 years that laid the foundations of the modern world. The period after Waterloo (1815-1830), traditionally viewed as an "Age of Reaction", was astonishly fertile in new ideas and, Johnson maintains, the modern world. 16 pages of halftones.Hide synopsis
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When BIRTH OF THE MODERN, WORLD SOCIETY 1815-1830 was first published in the United States in 1991, it quickly became a national bestseller. Because as the late, great historian Eugen Weber said in his New York Times Book Review review, the book is a "tour de force."
In less than 1,100 pages, Johnson squeezes in the enormous gallery of statesmen, rogues, poets, warriors, painters, inventors, conquerers, novelists, industrialists, patriots, libertines and even early economists who began the world's rapid progress toward ever-greater prosperity, if not ever-greater peace.
As someone who's reading the thing for at least the 4th time, I can attest that it's a marvelous read.
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