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Great Events from History: The 17th Century

Included in this set are milestones in the geopolitics of the era - from the Thirty Years' War to the War of the League of Augsburg; from Europeans' arrival in Australia to the establishment of the Louisiana Colony. Also essays address key social developments in daily life: the practice of birth control; the popularization of New World imports such as tobacco, coffee, and chocolate; the establishment of Tokyo's "Floating World" district; the ineradicable devastation of the Middle Passage and African American slavery. Students of this age of scientific revolution will learn the stories behind the development of the microscope, the earliest smallpox inoculations, the discovery of Saturn's rings, and the birth of modern chemistry.

The emphasis in this work is on those turning points that redirected contemporary affairs and shaped the modern world. A broad sweep of categories is reviewed: arts and culture, colonialism, disasters, economics and trade, engineering and architecture, exploratory expeditions, government and politics, international relations, religion, science and technology, social issues, and war and civil unrest.

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