The World in 1776 Kindle Ý The World Epub /

The World in 1776 Kindle Ý The World Epub /

The World in 1776 [EPUB] ✶ The World in 1776 By Marshall B. Davidson – One third of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not of English stock Eight were first generation immigrants It was in recognition of the mixed European background of so many Ameri One third of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not of English stock Eight were first generation immigrants It was in recognition of the mixed European background of so many Americans that John Adams Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson proposed that the seal of the United States bear the national emblems of France Germany Holland Ireland Scotland and England thus pointing out The World Epub / the countries from which these States have been peopled Many came as Thomas Paine stated in search of asylum But they also came with an intent to preserve and refresh aspects of life in their homelands In Europe boasted a rich civilization alive with dynamic ideas flourishing arts and promising concepts in science The foundations of industry and business were established and social reforms were being undertaken which Europeans took with them as they colonized and traded They had come in contact with Eastern civilizations above all China Here from award winning historian Marshall B Davidson is the story of the world of .

10 thoughts on “The World in 1776

  1. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    When I added The World in 1776 to my 'to read' list I expected a history of the events surrounding the American revolution What I found after reading the book was that and much As the title suggests The World in 1776 is an examination of 18th century European life in its entirety politics science society art writing everything There is much here about Europe leading up to the events of 1776 than there is of the American colonies and the forces that drove the colonists to revolt although you do get that tooVery interesting

  2. Kit Hansen Kit Hansen says:

    Like another reviewer I picked up this book expecting it to be specifically about the American Revolution and like that reviewer again I found it to be much and a totally worthwhile read I imagine that I am not the only person who has tended to think that intellectual social cultural and political life in olden times was well old fashioned maybe unenlightened by current standards Reading Davidson's book definitely disabused me of such prejudices I was in awe to learn how much transpired in the decades leading up to 1776 how rich and fruitful scientific exploration was how attitudes about the relationship between the citizen and government were shifting about the emergence of the need for social welfare and I now understand why this period is referred to as the Age of Enlightenment It was also interesting to learn about the relationship between the colonies prior to the Declaration of Independence to learn that our heroes like Adams and Franklin had their prejudices that Philadelphia was a must visit for Europeans on the cultural circuit and that Charleston I think I've got that right was a pretty loose and highly multi cultural city Books like this one are essential in providing a context for historical events And if I may I most highly recommend Tony Judt's Postwar Europe After 1945 for a similar and mind boggling exposition of Europe before and after WWII

  3. Carole Carole says:

    When I was in high school I studied the American Revolution in some depth In my advanced placement history class I was reuired to read several books in addition to a traditional textbook and also to read original texts by Paine Franklin Jefferson Adams Washington and These gave me a good sense of the politics passions hopes fears and mechanics of the revolution but without a global context This book is a survey of what was going on in England and Europe and even some places in Asia during the decade in which the birth of the USA was embedded The author reveals at a high level things that were thought and discussed and happening in areas as diverse as governance politics economics social constructs theology and the framework and administration of various religions medicine and other sciences and so on I feel so enlightened having read the book Before I read it I had no idea of the greater world's ideas and accomplishments during the time our country was being formed or how those ideas an accomplishments supported or threatened the growing of America I am glad glad glad to have this contextThis book is less than 300 pages long and written in clear comprehensible sentences It is an easy read if you like history and it provides many aha moments and thoughts about who we are today and why I recommend it

  4. Amy Amy says:

    Good OverviewBook gives a good overview of the world is prior to and during the American Revolution in the colonies and Europe It ranges from art and literature to the realm of politics You see figures from kings to the colonists If you like history I would recommend this book

  5. Bob Davidson Bob Davidson says:

    Good read for historyGood read that gives broad overview of the world that shaped our country's beginning From social norms to the arts Very good

  6. Chris Creech Chris Creech says:

    Look it’s not a page turning but jeez if you love history you’ll love this it’s very fascinating to see what was going on in the World leading up to the American revolution and how other governments thought and trade system and artistry religion and farming and the philosophy some of the monarchs of the time and what philosophers thought of the monarchs of the time ASo the way wars were fought in Europe between neighbors as opposed to the American revolution I came away from this thinking “who couldn’t see the American revolution coming” the colonies seem to have most of the European nations thrown together with out the leaderswhen the parents are away”I wanna rock”

  7. Doug Hohbein Doug Hohbein says:

    I chuckle when I read a book review and the reader said they couldn't finish the book I almost had to use that line with this book 34 of the book covered philosophy art intellectuals and royalty of Europe in the 18th century The entire century not just 1776 and the years leading up to it I didn't know much about Voltaire before reading this book and since a good portion of this book covered him or his thoughts about whatever subject was being covered I've had my fill of Voltaire The last chapter was interesting and earned both stars in my review Too bad I had to endure everything before it

  8. Gordon Gauss Gordon Gauss says:

    I first thought this might be just another reenactment of the American Revolution starring George Washington and other dignitaries of the times That was the history about 1776 I was taught when I was growing up in a small town in Iowa This book gave us the background of what the rest of the world was doing prior and during those formative years We learned who the European players were in science religion and the art worldWho knew? I now have a better idea of the world's history in the 18th century Good read

  9. Edward Nugent Edward Nugent says:

    I didn't realize the world only consisted of Europe in the 18th century I found the book tedious and difficult to follow It purports to be a comprehensive view of Europe and by extension the American colonies in what was to become the US and Canada in the late eighteenth century but lacks a cohesive center It is full of trivia for example why spend pages talking about John Wise when it is acknowledged that his writing had little or no effect on colonial thinking?

  10. Terri Weitze Terri Weitze says:

    Full disclosure I did not finish this book I started reading it when I was cast in 1776 as Ben Franklin but there was so much material out there specifically related to Franklin this one fell by the way side But I enjoyed what I read

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