The Cambridge Modern History (© 1902–1910) by Dalberg-Acton, John [Modern History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » January 20th, 2019, 10:38 am


∙ Title: The Cambridge Modern History
∙ Author: Planned by Dalberg-Acton, John Emerich Edward (1834–1902)
∙ Editor: Ward, Adolphus William (1837-1924), Prothero, George Walter (1848–1922) & Leathes, Stanley Mordaunt (1861–1938)
∙ Publisher: Cambridge University Press
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: © 1902–1910


The most circumstantial and detailed work in the Public Domain examining Modern History, covering the historical framework from 1450 to 1910, written by leading authorities.

"The aim of this work is to record, in the way most useful to the greatest number of readers, the fulness of knowledge in the field of modem history which the nineteenth century has bequeathed to its' successor. The idea of a universal Modern History is not in itself new ; it has already been successfully carried into execution both in France and Germany. But we believe that the present work may, without presumption, aim higher than its predecessors, and may seek to be something more than a useful compilation or than a standard work of reference.

By a universal Modern History we mean something distinct from the combined History of all countries — in other words, we mean a narrative which is not a mere string of episodes, but displays a continuous development. It moves in a succession to which the nations are subsidiary. Their stories will accordingly be told here, not for their own sakes, but in reference and subordination to a higher process, and according to the time and the degree in which they influence the common fortunes of mankind."

(From Preface written by the editors)

Readability Information

Each volume is divided into numerous chapters of long length. No illustrations in text.

Lector Recitator’s Readability Rating

Not in regards to Subject Matter or Overall Length, but Structure
(i.e., Division of written material into Chapters/Sections & Subchapters/Subsections and their individual length)

1/5: Laborious ←
∙ 2/5: Challenging
∙ 3/5: Readable
∙ 4/5: Quite Readable
∙ 5/5: Exceedingly Readable


01) The Renaissance:
02) The Reformation:
03) The Wars Of Religion:
04) The Thirty Years War:
05) The Age Of Louis XIV:
06) The Eighteenth Century:

07) The United States:
08) The French Revolution:
09) Napoleon:
10) The Restoration:
11) The Growth of Nationalities:
12) The Latest Age:

Volume 13 Tables and General Index not included due to illegible content

Perhaps Volume 14 Atlas could be recorded, but that is for aspiring readers to decide.
«ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ»/"the unexamined life is not worth living"

(Plato, Apology: 38a. Translated by H. N. Fowler)

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