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1688: A Global History (Paperback)

1688: A Global History By John E. Wills, Jr. Ph.D. Cover Image
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"A totally absorbing book...imaginative and erudite, full of startling juxtapositions and flashes of real perception."—Jonathan D. Spence

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. "A vivid picture of life in 1688...filled with terrifying violence, frightening diseases...comfortingly familiar human kindnesses...and the intellectual achievements of Leibniz, Locke, and Newton."—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

John E. Wills, Jr. (1936—2017) was a longtime leader of China studies at University of Southern California and the author of many acclaimed works in cultural history, including Mountain of Fame: Portraits in Chinese History and 1688: A Global History.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393322781
ISBN-10: 0393322785
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2002
Pages: 348
Language: English