Darran Mclaughlin's Reviews > The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815

The Pursuit of Glory by Timothy C.W. Blanning
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Jul 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: british, history, eighteenth-century

Good book, I liked it. He challenged my view that this period was a whiggish progression towards greater reason, democracy, liberality and enlightenment. However, he does focus almost entirely upon history 'from above' in that he concentrates on high politics and great men, Kings and aristocrats without covering ordinary people as much as he could have. He also focuses upon the great powers and doesn't have much to say about more peripheral countries, like Norway or Portugal or Greece or Hungary except in relation to the dominant countries. I found it very interesting to see how much of european history was determined by the rivalry between a handful of families, particularly the Hapsburg's and Bourbon's, but also the Stuarts, Savoy's, Hannover's and Hohenzollern's. Frederick the Great sounds really fascinating. I'd like to find out more about him.
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