1789: The Threshold of the Modern Age

1789 – The Threshold of the Modern Age
David Andress

We know about 1789 and all that – “that” referring to goings-on in France – but in this book David Andress goes for a wide-angle snapshot of the revolutionary year, one that touches on the madness of George III, the growth of the textile industry, the mutiny on the Bounty, the trial of Warren Hastings, the adoption of the American Constitution, and the election of George Washington as the first president of the United States. There’s only a loose general thesis holding it together, describing the reception of a new political dispensation based on notions of human rights, but it’s enough to help bring many of the events into sharper focus.