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1688 : a global history av John E. Wills
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1688 : a global history (urspr publ 2001; utgåvan 2001)

av John E. Wills

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"In his brief, focused chapters, Jack Wills also shows us ordinary life in the world of 1688. We join the great caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca, witness the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers, and walk the pungent streets of Amsterdam. There we enter the Rasp House, where vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals labored to produce powdered brazilwood for the local dyeworks. And we meet hitherto unnoticed but unforgettable characters: Constantine Phaulkon, a Greek adventurer whose efforts to advance French interests as well as his own with the court of Siam ended in betrayal and a grisly death; and Dona Teresa, a beauty at fifteen, whose chaste loves stirred local legend in the wild mining town of Potosi." "Told with verve, color, and insight, Wills's book captures an historical moment in which the world seems both strange and familiar, when the global connections of power, money, and belief were ushering in the modern age."--Jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:1688 : a global history
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This is an interesting concept - looking at a single year and the political events of the entire world that happened in that year, casting the net as widely as possible to capture every continent. Of course in the home archipelago this is the year of the so-called Glorious Revolution, in which the Catholic James II of England and VII of Scotland was overthrown by a suspicious Protestant elite; in the eastern Mediterranean, the Venetians and Austrians were fighting the Ottomans; up north near St Petersburg, 1500 Old Believers burned to death rather than submit to Russian rule.

However, I confess I'm writing this up some months after I read it, and I remember very little about it. The best bit is an exploration of Japanese poetry and sexual customs of the period. There are also good bits about Australia, science and the Dutch East India Company. But it doesn't hang together as one might have wished.

The problem with taking a snapshot like this is that you necessarily get a static rather than dynamic picture. Stories in history depend on capturing long-term trends to illustrate why particular moments are so important. If you have picked your moments for chronology rather than story, you throw away your advantage. ( )
1 rösta nwhyte | Nov 4, 2017 |
A good idea but not well executed. The history of the world in 1688. A year chosen not at random. For someone from the UK the year of the Glorious Revolution when William the protestant replaced James the catholic. The author tours the world telling us what happened round about the year 1688. Interesting enough and well enough researched. But its a series of unrelated sketches. There's no attempt to draw threads together. It is biased towards Europe directed there no doubt by reasons of language and access to sources. Nowhere near as good as it should have been. ( )
  Steve38 | Sep 20, 2013 |
Truly cosmopolitan account of the very earliest dawn in what might (with good will) seem a global if timid Early Enlightenment. In addition to unfamiliar vignettes from, say, the Chinese, Japanese, or Russian empires, the book features interesting portraits of early "public intellectuals" such as Aphra Behn & Pierre Bayle. ( )
  nielspeterqm | Aug 24, 2009 |
"Books to Write By" by Stuart Mayne

In the previous column I discussed the importance of voice in SF fiction. In this column I'm treading the boards at the opposite end of the novel building hall. World building is vitally important to the success of your story or novel. World building needs to be broad in its structure and inclusive in its detail. You will get a great feel for what is ahead of you if you read 1688 – A Global History by historian John E Wills (ISBN 1-86207-482-8). The book has been around for a few years, published in 2002 by Granta, and distributed by Allen & Unwin in Australia, but the scope of its reference is staggering. This book has rightly been compared to A Thousand and One Nights; it sweeps the reader around the world, through the year 1688, reflecting the diversity, splendour and strangeness of human society. You couldn't ask for anything better if you are building a world from scratch: all the major and diverse societies of our world and how they interact with each other, if at all, in one narrative. This book will help you analyse a world held together by the invisible threads of human communication and interaction.
  AurealisMagazine | Oct 19, 2008 |
Reading history often feels disjointed --we focus on one event, or one culture, without considering the wider, global view of which it is part. Wills' book is extremely fresh in that it attempts the opposite: it's a historical snapshot of 1688, with stories from all over the world, and the result is almost fantastic: Pirates, samurais, Sor Juana, Newton, Louis XIV, the Dutch East India Company, they're all here, and they were all there, living through the same days and years.

The book loses strength near the end, and it's too forgiving of religiousness, considering the number of wars and deaths it caused even in just that one year. Still a good read. ( )
  jorgearanda | Jun 9, 2008 |
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"In his brief, focused chapters, Jack Wills also shows us ordinary life in the world of 1688. We join the great caravans of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage from Damascus and Cairo to Mecca, witness the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers, and walk the pungent streets of Amsterdam. There we enter the Rasp House, where vagrants, beggars, and petty criminals labored to produce powdered brazilwood for the local dyeworks. And we meet hitherto unnoticed but unforgettable characters: Constantine Phaulkon, a Greek adventurer whose efforts to advance French interests as well as his own with the court of Siam ended in betrayal and a grisly death; and Dona Teresa, a beauty at fifteen, whose chaste loves stirred local legend in the wild mining town of Potosi." "Told with verve, color, and insight, Wills's book captures an historical moment in which the world seems both strange and familiar, when the global connections of power, money, and belief were ushering in the modern age."--Jacket.

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