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The Eighteenth Century

Europe 1688-1815

Edited by T. C. W. Blanning

Publication Date - 10 August 2000

ISBN: 9780198731207

320 pages


The eighteenth century was a time of expansion, forming the hinge between the old world and the new for, by its end, change was not only detectable, it was also seen to be irreversible.

These specially commissioned chapters, written by experts in the field, address all the major issues in Europe's political, economic, religious, cultural, and international history.


  • One of the first two volumes launching the major new Short Oxford History of Europe series which will become a core seller on History lists
  • Series editor is Professor TCW Blanning, Professor of Modern European History, Cambridge
  • The contributors (who include dynamic younger figures as well as grandees) are all top names in the field and together make up an enterprising and formidable volume
  • Not a narrative history, but a series of analytical surveys of society, politics, economics, culture, etc., each by a leading scholar at the cutting edge of historiography
  • Chapters linked together by a substantial introduction and conclusion, by internal cross-references, and by a detailed chronological table
  • Coherent, concise, comprehensive, authoritative, provocative and challenging: a book which can't be overlooked

About the Author(s)

T.C.W. Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

    List of Contributors
    Introduction: The Beneficiaries and Casualties of Expansion,, T.C.W. Blanning
    Politics and the State in Eighteenth Century Europe, Julian Swann
    Orders and Classes: Eighteenth Century Society Under Pressure, Christof Dipper
    The European Economy in the Eighteenth Century, Sheilagh Ogilvie
    Religion and Culture, Derek Beales
    International Rivalry and Warfare, John Lynn
    Europe and the Rest of the World, P.J. Marshall
    Conclusion: The French Revolution and Beyond, T.C.W. Blanning
    Further Reading