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Events that changed the world in the eighteenth century
Thackeray, Frank W.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
x, 215 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Peter the Great reforms Russia, 1689-1725 / Taylor Stults -- The war of the Spanish succession, 1701-1714 / Andrew P. Trout -- The first British empire, 1701-1763 / Thomas Prasch -- The war of the Austrian succession and the Seven Years' War, 1740-1763 / Franz A.J. Szabo -- The Enlightenment, c. 1750 / Linda E. Mitchell -- The agricultural revolution, c. 1750 / Robert D. Cornwall -- The American revolution, 1763-1783 / Rick Kennedy -- The industrial revolution, c. 1775 / David Mitch -- The Atlantic slave trade, c. 1780 / Kenneth Banks -- The French revolution, 1789-1799 / Donald H. Barry.
Reading Level:
1340 Lexile.
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Warfare on three continents, empire building, and revolution--political, agricultural, and industrial--dominate 18th-century world history. In Europe royal dynasties formed, fought major wars that carved up the map of Europe and the Americas, and began the great colonial expansion that dominated the next century. But the 18th century also ushered in the Enlightenment, which fired the imagination of Europeans, and the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions, which changed society and work forever. To help students better understand the major developments of the 18th century and their impact on 19th- and 20th-century history, this unique resource offers detailed description and expert analysis of the 18th century's most important events: Peter the Great's Reform of Russia; the War of the Spanish Succession; the First British Empire; the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War; the Enlightenment; the Agricultural Revolution; the American Revolution; the Industrial Revolution; the Slave Trade; and the French Revolution.

Each of the ten events is dealt with in a separate chapter. Designed for students, this unique format features an introductory essay that presents the facts, followed by an interpretive essay that places the event in a broader context and promotes student analysis. The introductory essay provides factual material about the event in a clear, concise, and chronological manner that makes complex history understandable. The interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field in a style designed to appeal to general readership, explores the short-term and far-reaching ramifications of the event. An annotated bibliography identifies the most important recent scholarship about each event. A full-page illustration complements the narrative for each event. Three useful appendices include: a glossary of names, events, and terms; a timeline of important events in 18th-century world history; and a listing of ruling houses and dynasties of 18th-century Europe. This work is an ideal addition to the high school, community college, and undergraduate reference shelf, as well as excellent supplementary reading for social studies and world history courses.

Author Notes

FRANK W. THACKERAY is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast. He is coeditor of the Greenwood Press Events That Changed the World, Events That Changed America, and Histories of the Modern Nations series. He is also coeditor of Statesmen Who Changed the World: A Biobibliographical Dictionary of Diplomacy (Greenwood, 1993) and author of Antecedents of Revolution: Alexander I and the Polish Congress Kingdom, 1815-1825 (1980). He is a former Fulbright scholar to Poland.

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast. He is coeditor of the Greenwood Press Events That Changed the World, Events That Changed America, and Histories of the Modern Nations series. He is author of Dictionary of American Diplomatic History (Greenwood, rev. ed. 1989) and Close Neighbors, Distant Friends: U.S.-Central American Relations (1987). He is editor of Historical Dictionary of Worlds Fairs and Expositions (1990) and coeditor of Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement (Greenwood, 1996).

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Booklist Review

Provides description, analysis, and a selected bibliography for ten "events," including the American and French revolutions and the Atlantic slave trade. This series covers far fewer events than the Salem Press Great Events line, but offers more in-depth treatment. Other titles in the series include Events That Changed the World in the Nineteenth Century [RBB O 15 96] and Events That Changed the World in the Twentieth Century (1995). (Reviewed April 1, 1998)

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up‘This clear and succinct resource describes major historical events and their ramifications. Topics include the reforms made by Peter the Great, the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the First British Empire, the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War, the Enlightenment, the Agricultural Revolution, the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the French Revolution. A time line, index to ruling houses and dynasties, and general index complete the book. Black-and-white illustrations and charts appear throughout, and each chapter includes a bibliography. Better than a general encyclopedia, this will be a handy reference for serious history students.‘Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Peter the Great Reforms Russia 1689-1725
Interpretive EssayTaylor Stults
The War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714
Interpretive EssayAndrew P. Trout
The First British Empire 1701-1763
Interpretive EssayThomas Prasch
The War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War 1740-1763
Interpretive EssayFranz A. J. Szabo
The Enlightenment c. 1750
Interpretive EssayLinda E. Mitchell
The Agricultural Revolution c. 1750
Interpretive EssayRobert D. Cornwall
The American Revolution 1763-1783
Interpretive EssayRick Kennedy
The Industrial Revolution c. 1775
Interpretive EssayDavid Mitch
The Atlantic Slave Trade c. 1780
Interpretive EssayKenneth Banks
The French Revolution 1789-1799
Interpretive EssayDonald H. Barry
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Timeline
Appendix C Ruling Houses and Dynasties