Europe in the Eighteenth Century 1713-1783

Europe in the Eighteenth Century 1713-1783

Europe in the Eighteenth Century 1713-1783

Europe in the Eighteenth Century 1713-1783


This is a survey of all aspects of European life in the eighteenth century. Europe in the Eighteenth Century provides a continent wide examination and is distinctive for its comprehensive treatment of eastern, as well as, western Europe and in the coverage of European colonial empires. Key themes explored include society, economic life, government, monarchy, diplomacy and international relations, education and cultural life, expansionism, enlightenment and religion & the churches. Anyone interested in European history or eighteenth century history. Hardcover - 0-582-35744-6 $79.95y


The writing of a book as wide in scope as this one is a difficult though rewarding task. In my case its burdens have been lightened and its attractions increased by the help of a number of friends and colleagues. I am grateful to Professor D. B. Horn of the University of Edinburgh, to Dr J. H. Western of the University of Manchester, and to my colleagues at the London School of Economics, Dr R. M. Hatton, Mr A. Davies, and Dr D. C. Coleman, who have all read parts of the book in typescript and made valuable suggestions for its improvement. My wife typed over half of it at a period when she had many other calls on her time, and has also given me useful advice and comments on a number of points. For the errors and other inadequacies which a work of this kind can scarcely hope to escape the responsibility is entirely mine.

London, May 1961                                                 M. S. Anderson

Preface to the second edition

The years since the first appearance of this book have seen the publication, notably in France, of a considerable number of works which make new and important contributions to our knowledge of eighteenth-century Europe. I have tried in this second edition to take account wherever necessary of these, and have also corrected a number of errors of fact and emphasis. This has involved not merely alteration but extensive rewriting. In addition to many minor changes and additions to the text a large amount of new matter has been incorporated in Chapters III—VI, XIV and XVI, while the discussion of the Enlightenment and of political and social ideas in general, which now seems to me inadequate as it stands in the first edition, has been expanded into an entirely new Chapter XV. I have three important debts to acknowledge. The first is to my publishers, who have been willing to allow such extensive changes. The second is to the secretarial staff of the International History Department of the London School of Economics, and in particular to Mrs N. J. Smith, for the help they have so cheerfully given. The third and greatest is to the British Library of Political and Economic Science, which for a quarter of a century has been an unfailing source of intellectual nourishment and support.

London, December 1975                                         M. S. Anderson

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