The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830

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The Birth of the Modern has established itself as a new kind of historical work - an examination of the way the matrix of the modern world was formed. Paul Johnson, one of today's most popular historians, takes fifteen critical years and subjects them to a fascinatingly detailed analysis: their geopolitics and politics, their cultural and intellectual life, their technology and science. He investigates every area of life, in every corner of the world. And he makes of this huge variety of elements a coherent narrative, told ...

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Wigert

Nov 29, 2007

PAUL JOHNSON'S MASTERWORK

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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