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This is an auction for THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN: WORLD SOCIETY 1815-1830, by Paul Johnson.

“This marvelously readable work chronicles the formation of the modern world, illuminating the epoch of Andrew Jackson, Wordsworth, Goya and Beethoven.”
Publishers Weekly (US)

“A gargantuan panorama of the 15 transforming years immediately after the Napoleonic era, when ‘peace came and immense new resources in finance, management, science and techology which were now available could be put to constructive purposes’. Johnson writes with fascination about events and movements in virtually all fields of human endeavour, whether the subjugation of Native Americans by Andrew Jackson, the scientific discoveries of Humphrey Davy, the compositions of Beethoven, the transparent innovations of George Stephenson and John McAdam, or such social phenomena as dueling, adultery, illegitimacy, and animal protectionism. He also throws an unexpected light on how artists and scientists formed a ‘conjunction of minds’ by drawing on work in other fields. Johnson's narrative and analytical skills compensate for many passages when his conservatism leads him to stretch for parallels between 19th- and 20th-century politics. Maddeningly long and highly opinionated, but a lively and readable history of a world ‘exhilarated and sometimes bewildered by the rapid changes which were transforming it'.''
Kirkus Reviews (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 1992.

1095 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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