Europe’s emerging role in the 18th century signalled like a clammy change in climate… And if you think he gives Europe a hard time, you should see some of his comments about Britain (coming soon to a review near you).

‘Of course this inpouring of stuff was the basis of the scientific revolution, but it was also an early indication, like a clammy change in atmosphere before a storm, of Europe’s coming role as despoiler and chewer-up of the whole planet.’

Source: Simon Winder, Germania (London, Picador, 2011), p. 190

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