How the Old World Ended is a magisterial account of how the cultural and maritime relationships between the British, Dutch and American territories changed the existing world order and made the Industrial Revolution possible.
“Everything about this book is bravura: its conceptual originality, scope and ambition, its rich and close reading of texts and its brilliant writing. It exudes the joy of both discovery and recovery and it exudes the power of startling connections.“
"In Jonathan Scott we have a master of political and religious history, and of the history of political thought, who transcends geographical space and time periods so that he can write a genuine 'histoire totale' of a critical phase in world history. As he did in England's Troubles, Scott in this stimulating book makes the very timely case for why, in seeking the roots of England's remarkable early modern and subsequent political and economic developments, an Anglo-Dutch comparative framework is fruitful - far more so than one which stresses exceptionalism or separateness from the rest of Europe."
"Incredibly ambitious, wide-ranging and fluent. How The Old World Ended is a good and stimulating (and sometimes annoying) read, and it nails its colours to the mast in relation to the contemporary significance of the developments it narrates."
“A superbly engrossing history of perhaps the most momentous period since the Stone Age. By turns sweeping and intimate, it demonstrates how the political events of that age – the English, American, and French Revolutions – were never separate from the social, economic, scientific, religious, and natural experiences of those living through them. Anyone interested in how we got into our present state will find things to provoke, excite, and infuriate on every page. "