English Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • by Roy Porter
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.Roy Porter's new edition of his celebrated book of English cultural history was revised in light of changes in the climate of debate that occurred in the seven years after its first publication.

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What the Critics Say

"Vivid, witty, and entertaining...easily the best general account of eighteenth-century society that we have." (New York Review of Books)

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A ton of information

The listener has to be prepared to create their own "total picture" out of an enormous amount of information and statistics that the author provides for you. There is very little story telling to this, but if you are willing to create your own understanding of the period out of a lot of information this will do the trick. The information is certainly provided clearly enough--just not as much help in interpreting it all as I might have liked.
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- Amazon Customer

A Critique of a Period

I found this book narrow in scope--a critique of the period, rather than an attempt to put the period in context. For example, the section on women had one main point: women had little power in England in the eighteenth century. Hardly a surprise. The author returns again and again to the point that the government was corrupt, and that the class system was dominant. I accept the premise--but was hoping for a broader discussion of art, music, philosophy, literature, architecture---all windows into a deeper understanding of history.
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- susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.