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Could you recommend any histories that deal with England in the 17th and 18th century? I’m particularly interested in books that focus more on everyday life, society and the economy than on wars and politics.
Honestly, if you’re looking for a portrait of everyday life, you can’t do much better than the Diary of Samuel Pepys. There are several modern editions of it like this one:
Be careful with the free editions that aren’t abridged or annotated. Pepys used a sort of shorthand that can be confusing.
Thank you, I will take a look at the diary. Could you also give me a recommendation for something broader?
I can’t vouch for this title, but it might be the sort of thing you’re looking for and deals at least in part with the 18th century: