Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Quest for Security, 1715-1740 by Penfield Roberts

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The Quest for Security, 1715-1740
by Penfield Roberts

Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Harper & Row
Released: 1963

Source: Bought at a Friends of the Library book sale.

Book Description:
Series about changes in Europe from medieval period to "modern" period.

My Review:
The Quest for Security, 1715-1740 is the eighth book in The Rise of Modern Europe series. It covered all of Europe during 1715-1740. The chapters were organized by topic. Some quotes from people from that time helped make it more interesting. The author's writing style was also more readable and interesting the the earlier books in this series that I've read.

The author talked about the changes in political and religious power, how wars affected things, economic and social changes (especially the changing concept of personal property), and new ideas in art and science. I was very interested to learn that the people we think of as "land owners" didn't actually own the land but merely had certain rights regarding the land (like rents, annuities, etc.). Now I wish I had a book that solely explored this topic as this book only covered one point in time.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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