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The Age of Louis XIV: A History of European Civilization in the Period of… (1963 original; edició 1997)

de Will Durant (Autor)

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The Age of Louis XIV is the biography of a period (1648-1715) that Spengler considered the apex of modern European civilization. Central to the book is the "Sun King" himself, Louis XIV, who ruled France for over seventy years, longer than almost any European ruler in history. He is the subject of a character study that runs through seven chapters, revealing the flesh and blood beneath the purple and the crown.From France the narrative passes to the Netherlands, which shows the Dutch opening their dikes to save their land from Louis XIV and sending William of Orange to become king of England and a leader of the European alliance against Louis' hegemony.In England we contemplate the heyday of virtue under the Puritans and study the character of Cromwell. We see Milton's passionate career as part of the vain effort to prevent the Stuart Restoration. We find Charles II, the "Merry Monarch," attend boisterous Restoration plays, we skim the diaries of Evelyn and Pepys, and we follow Jonathan Swift from genius to insanity.Crossing the North Sea we trace the tragic heroism of Charles XII of Sweden and the attempt of Peter the Great to lead Russia from barbarism to civilization. We accompany the noble Sobieski of Poland as he rescues Vienna from the Turks. We visit Italy and Spain. We see the Jews proscribed and impoverished in Europe but rising to riches in Amsterdam and following Sabbatai Zevi in a desperate hope of regaining Palestine and freedom.All this forms the background for the "intellectual adventure" of the European mind in its passage from superstition, mythology, and intolerance to education, science, and philosophy, for this was the age of Newton, Leibniz, and Spinoza.The book ends with the sunset of Le Roi Soleil. Louis dying defeated and repentant, begging his grandson and successor not to imitate his taste for splendor and war, and followed in his funeral by the insults of the crowd.… (més)
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Títol:The Age of Louis XIV: A History of European Civilization in the Period of Pascal, Moliere, Cromwell, Milton, Peter the Great, Newton, and Spinoza: 1648-1715 (Story of Civilization Vol. 8)
Autors:Will Durant (Autor)
Informació:Fine Communications (1997), Edition: 2nd, 802 pages
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Overall, I recommend "The Story of Civilization", in all its eleven volume glory. It offers a survey of the politics, art, philosophy, and science of the European world until the banishment of Napoleon. This eighth chapter is one of the best as far as focus and sense of place is concerned. The coverage of the Jewish diaspora is a revelation of the massive contribution made by that area. The concentration here on the British Isles, and France is rare in this work, but there was, with Milton, Moliere, Leibniz, Cromwell, Peter the Great, and Spinoza, much to be concentrated on. The epigram count is both high, and informative. Read this book and enjoy a conversation with a large number of interesting minds. ( )
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A history of European civilization in th eperiod of Pascal, Moliere, Cromwell, Milton, Peter the Great, Newton and Spinoza: 1648-1715. In the eighth volume of their Story of Civilization, the Durants explore the apex of European civilization to that time, the years 1648 to 1715. It is the era of the "Sun King," Louis XIV, one of the most powerful rulers in Western history. It is also the pinnacle of Dutch culture, the heyday of Vermeer and William ( )
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The Age of Louis XIV is the biography of a period (1648-1715) that Spengler considered the apex of modern European civilization. Central to the book is the "Sun King" himself, Louis XIV, who ruled France for over seventy years, longer than almost any European ruler in history. He is the subject of a character study that runs through seven chapters, revealing the flesh and blood beneath the purple and the crown.From France the narrative passes to the Netherlands, which shows the Dutch opening their dikes to save their land from Louis XIV and sending William of Orange to become king of England and a leader of the European alliance against Louis' hegemony.In England we contemplate the heyday of virtue under the Puritans and study the character of Cromwell. We see Milton's passionate career as part of the vain effort to prevent the Stuart Restoration. We find Charles II, the "Merry Monarch," attend boisterous Restoration plays, we skim the diaries of Evelyn and Pepys, and we follow Jonathan Swift from genius to insanity.Crossing the North Sea we trace the tragic heroism of Charles XII of Sweden and the attempt of Peter the Great to lead Russia from barbarism to civilization. We accompany the noble Sobieski of Poland as he rescues Vienna from the Turks. We visit Italy and Spain. We see the Jews proscribed and impoverished in Europe but rising to riches in Amsterdam and following Sabbatai Zevi in a desperate hope of regaining Palestine and freedom.All this forms the background for the "intellectual adventure" of the European mind in its passage from superstition, mythology, and intolerance to education, science, and philosophy, for this was the age of Newton, Leibniz, and Spinoza.The book ends with the sunset of Le Roi Soleil. Louis dying defeated and repentant, begging his grandson and successor not to imitate his taste for splendor and war, and followed in his funeral by the insults of the crowd.

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