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.

‘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.’

See the quote-mosaic review of this wonderful, lively, engaging book.  


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

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