Magazine article History Today

The 18th Century

Magazine article History Today

The 18th Century

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The Selborne Pioneer. Gilbert White as Naturalist and Scientist, a Re-Examination by Ted Dadswell (Ashgate, 50 [pounds sterling]) presents a reassessment of the innovative 18th-century naturalist.

Nobody's Perfect A New Whig Interpretation of History by Annabel Patterson (Yale University Press, 19.50 [pounds sterling]) is a new account of liberal thought in the late 17th and 18th centuries, and argues that many Whigs were genuine progressives, not necessarily motivated by low self-interest

Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason by Jessica Warner (Profile, 15 [pounds sterling]) looks at the 18th-century attempt to control use of the massively popular and dangerous drink, and proposes parallels between this effort and the modern war on drugs.

Using archival sources, France and the Grand Tour by Jeremy Black (Palgrave Macmillan, 45 [pounds sterling]) studies the 18th-century French fashion for travelling Europe, its influence on Britain and the impact of the French Revolution.

Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-Century England by Julie Peakman (Palgrave Macmillan, 25 [pounds sterling]) examines the growth of flagellation novellas around the 1770s and the changes in the erotic culture of the period.

Prince of Europe: The Life of Charles Joseph de Ligne 1735-1814 by Philip Mansel (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 25 [pounds sterling]) is a sparkling biography of the French aristocrat who was known across Europe and who was involved in a wide range of events and issues, from the benefits of gardening to the merits of the redistribution of wealth. …

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