To cover a period in which so much changed is no mean undertaking. It
would have been all too easy to have become bogged down in remorseless
detail. Somehow, Blanning has not only managed to avoid this pitfall, but
has instead produced what can only be called a jolly good read. -- Leslie Mitchell, Literary Review, April 2007
'...strikes a nice balance between the Enlightenment's optimistic rationalism and the mud-soaked reality of everyday life'
-- Dominic Sandbrook, Telegraph Books of the Year
Economics, social policy, medicine, culture, popular religion, the
position of women, the role of the Jesuits, the importance of hunting: it's
hard to think of a significant feature of human life that is not given
serious and well-informed treatment in this book. The result is one of the
most impressive general histories to have appeared for many decades. -- Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph, 15 April 2007
Europe's early-modern history viewed from an Olympian height - a
grand, gripping and all-encompassing read. -- Sunday Times 7 April 2007
This is broad-brush history writing at its best - authoritative,
fresh, crammed with incident and ideas and eminently readable.
-- George Rosie, Sunday Herald
This work's most winning quality is the sense one has throughout
of being in the company of not only the most expert but also the most
congenial of historical guides, a man who is himself a perfect product of
the European Enlightenment: humane, rational, sceptical and with an
encyclopedic learning enlivened by a mordant Voltairian wit. Let the
nations rejoice: this history of Europe is a truly glorious book. -- John Adamson, Sunday Times, 29 April 2007
`Tim Blanning's The Pursuit of Glory
, a magnificent survey of Europe from 1648 to 1815, is lucid and all-encompassing but hard to read with a jaw permanently dropped in admiration'
-- Michael Prodger, Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year
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