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The Sublime Invention: Ballooning in Europe, 1783-1820

by Michael R Lynn

Lynn argues that in order to understand the importance of science during the age of the Enlightenment and Atlantic revolutions, it is crucial to explain how and why ballooning entered and stayed in the public...


Montesquieu and England: Enlightened Exchanges, 1689-1755

by Ursula Haskins Gonthier

Gonthier sets Montesquieu's work in the context of early eighteenth-century Anglo-French relations, taking a comparative approach to show how Montesquieu's engagement with English thought and writing persisted...


A Political Biography of Alexander Pope

by Pat Rogers

This is the first study to assess the entire career of Alexander Pope (1688-1744) in relation to the political issues of his time.


A Political Biography of Richard Steele

by Charles A Knight

Richard Steele is famous as an early writer of sentimental drama and as half of the writing team, Addison and Steele. He is notable both for the indirect propaganda he developed with Addison and for the open...


Female Entrepreneurs in Nineteenth-Century Russia

by Galina Ulianova

This pioneering work comprehensively examines the history of female entrepreneurship in the Russian Empire during nineteenth-century industrial development.


Natural History Societies and Civic Culture in Victorian Scotland

by Diarmid A Finnegan

The relationship between science and civil society is essential to our understanding of cultural change during the Victorian era. Finnegan's study looks at the shifting nature of this process during the nineteenth...


James Watt, Chemist: Understanding the Origins of the Steam Age

by David Philip Miller

Miller examines Watt's illustrious engineering career in light of his parallel interest in chemistry, arguing that Watt's conception of steam engineering relied upon chemical understandings.


Monstrous Births and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-Century Germany

by Jennifer Spinks

Presents an exmination of printed representations of monstrous births in German-speaking Europe from the end of the fifteenth century and through the sixteenth century, beginning with a seminal series of broadsheets...


The Evolution of Sympathy in the Long Eighteenth Century

by Jonathan Lamb

This work represents a concise history of sympathy in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, considering the phenomenon of shared feeling from five related angles: charity, the market, global exploration,...


A Political Biography of Henry Fielding

by J A Downie

Existing accounts of Fielding's political ideas are insufficiently aware of the structure of politics in the first half of the eighteenth century, and of the ways in which Whig political ideology developed following...


Migrants and Urban Change: Newcomers to Antwerp, 1760-1860

by Anne Winter

Taking the Belgian city of Antwerp as a case-study, this book argues that the direction of nineteenth century societal change was such as to make some groups of people better suited to reap the benefits of new...


A Political Biography of Delarivier Manley

by Rachel Carnell

A Tory pamphleteer, playwright and satirical historian, Delarivier Manley was regarded by her contemporaries Jonathan Swift and Robert Harley as a key member of the Tory propaganda team. This biography offers...


The Scottish People and the French Revolution

by Bob Harris

Presents a study of the political culture of Scotland in the 1790s. This book compares the emergence of 'the people' as a political force, with popular political movements in England and Ireland. It analyses...


A Political Biography of Jonathan Swift

by David Oakleaf

Most famous as the author of "Gulliver's Travels", Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was one of the most important propagandists and satirists of his day. This study seeks to contextualize Swift within the political...


Government Debts and Financial Markets in Europe

by Fausto Piola Caselli

Contains essays by historians of economic and financial history. It illuminates the relationships between government indebtedness and the development of financial markets in Europe from the late Middle Ages...


The Transit of Venus Enterprise in Victorian Britain

by Jessica Ratcliff

In nineteenth century, the British Government spent money measuring the distance between the earth and the sun using observations of the transit of Venus. This book presents a narrative of the two Victorian...


Adam Ferguson: History, Progress and Human Nature

by Eugene Heath & Vincenzo Merolle

Unique among the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Ferguson saw two eighteenth-century revolutions, the American and the French. This monograph contains essays that range across all of Ferguson's...


Joseph Banks and the British Museum: The World of Collecting 1770-1830

by Neil Chambers

Concentrating on the explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks (1743-1820), this book explores the early history of collections at the British Museum. Taking Banks' extraordinary career as its basis, it examines...


A Political Biography of Daniel Defoe

by P N Furbank & W R Owens

Furbank and Owens attempt to disentangle the story of Daniel Defoe's political career, as journalist, polemicist, political theorist and secret agent. They argue that this remarkable career calls for a good...


Possession, Puritanism and Print: Darrell, Harsnett, Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Exorcism Controversy

by Marion Gibson

Tells a story of injustice and passionate resistance to religious persecution in the last years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Through an analysis of a sensational series of demonic possessions and exorcisms, this...