"Origin of Europe In Routine History",
a review by Carroll Quigley in The Washington Sunday Star,
October 10, 1965,
of a book:
THE ORIGINS OF MODERN EUROPE,
by James L. White.
Horizon Press: New York, 1965
"Origin of Europe In Routine History"
THE ORIGINS OF MODERN EUROPE.
By James L. White.
Horizon Press. 412 pages. $6.95.
This is a routine history of Europe
covering the period 1660-1789. Except for three uninspired chapters on
intellectual history, with emphasis on science, it is largely concerned
with diplomatic and political history.
Originally published in England as a textbook, it is now offered in
this country as a trade book, but it has no virtues to recommend it to
the ordinary reader. Its information and opinions are those of a
generation or more ago. This impression is supported by its rather
slovenly book list of less than six pages, which consists almost
entirely of old and obsolete works. Any reader interested in this period
would do much better to turn to two paperback volumes from recognized
authorities, which are more informed and much better written. These are:
"The Age of Absolutism, 1660-1815," by Max Beloff (Harper's Torchbook.
$1.95), and "The Age of Reason," by Frank Manuel (Cornell University
-- Carroll Quigley