Voltaire's Siècle de Louis XIV (1751) was the first major overall account of the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715). It is the starting-point for any reflection on the political and cultural history of the era of the Sun King, and is a monument of eighteenth-century historiography that cannot be bypassed. It paved the way for both modern historiography and literary history.
The extraordinary story of how Britain's Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to power unprecedented in history. From its beginnings under Henry VIII and adventurers like John Hawkins and Francis Drake, the Royal Navy toppled one world eco-nomic system, built by Spain and Portugal after Christopher Columbus, and ushered in another -- the one in which we still live today.