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{{other uses}}{{Centurybox|18}}(File:1700 CE world map.PNG|thumb|Political boundaries at the beginning of year 1700)File:Prise de la Bastille.jpg|thumb|Storming of the Bastille, July 14, 1789, an iconic event of the French RevolutionFrench Revolution File:Maquina vapor Watt ETSIIM.jpg|thumb|Development of the Watt steam engine in the late 18th century was an important element in the Industrial RevolutionIndustrial RevolutionFile:Canadian_militiamen_and_British_soldiers_repulse_the_American_assault_at_Sault-au-Matelot.jpg|thumb|The American Revolutionary WarAmerican Revolutionary War The 18th century lasted from January 1, 1701 to December 31, 1800 in the Gregorian calendar. During the 18th century, elements of Enlightenment thinking culminated in the American, French, and Haitian revolutions. This was an age of violent slave trading, and global human trafficking. The reactions against monarchical and aristocratic power helped fuel the revolutionary responses against it throughout the century. In continental Europe, philosophers dreamed of a brighter age. For some, this dream turned into a reality with the French Revolution of 1789, though later compromised by the excesses of the Reign of Terror (1793–1794) under Maximilien Robespierre. At first, many monarchies of Europe embraced Enlightenment ideals, but with the French Revolution they feared losing their power and formed broad coalitions for the counter-revolution. The Ottoman Empire experienced an unprecedented period of peace and economic expansion, taking part in no European wars from 1740 to 1768. As a consequence the empire did not share in Europe's military improvements during the Seven Years' War (1756–1763), causing its military to fall behind and suffer defeats against Russia in the second half of the century. 18th century music included the Baroque period (including Johan Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel) and the classical period (including Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart).The 18th century also marked the end of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth as an independent state. The once-powerful and vast kingdom, which had once conquered Moscow and defeated great Ottoman armies, collapsed under numerous invasions. Its semi-democratic government system was not robust enough to rival the neighboring monarchies of the Kingdom of Prussia, the Russian Empire and the Austrian Empire which divided the Commonwealth territories between themselves, changing the landscape of Central European politics for the next hundred years.European colonization of the Americas and other parts of the world intensified and associated mass migrations of people grew in size as the Age of Sail continued. Great Britain became a major power worldwide with the defeat of France in North America in the 1760s and the conquest of large parts of India. However, Britain lost many of its North American colonies after the American Revolution, which resulted in the formation of the newly independent United States. The Industrial Revolution started in Britain in the 1770s with the production of the improved steam engine. Despite its modest beginnings in the 18th century, steam-powered machinery would radically change human society and the environment.Western historians have occasionally defined the 18th century otherwise for the purposes of their work. For example, the "short" 18th century may be defined as 1715–1789, denoting the period of time between the death of Louis XIV of France and the start of the French Revolution, with an emphasis on directly interconnected events.BOOK, Anderson, M. S., Historians and Eighteenth-Century Europe, 1715–1789, Oxford University Press, 1979, 978-0-19-822548-5, 185538307, BOOK, Ribeiro, Aileen, Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe 1715–1789 (revised edition), Yale University Press, 2002, 978-0-300-09151-9, 186413657, To historians who expand the century to include larger historical movements, the "long" 18th centuryBOOK, Baines, Paul, The Long 18th Century, Arnold, London, 2004, 978-0-340-81372-0, may run from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815BOOK, Marshall, P. J., The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume II: The Eighteenth Century (Oxford History of the British Empire), Oxford University Press, USA, 2001, 978-0-19-924677-9, 174866045, , "Introduction" by P. J. Marshall, page 1 or even later.BOOK, O'Gorman, Frank, The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History 1688–1832 (The Arnold History of Britain Series)
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Events

1701–1750

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1751–1800

File:Catherinethegreatroslin.jpg|upright|thumb|Catherine the GreatCatherine the GreatFile:Allan Ramsay - King George III in coronation robes - Google Art Project.jpg|upright|thumb|George III, King of Great Britain.]] File:Encyclopedie de D'Alembert et Diderot - Premiere Page - ENC 1-NA5.jpg|thumb|upright|Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiersEncyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiersFile:Rejtan Upadek Polski Matejko.jpg|thumb|upright|Rejtan and the Partitions of Poland on a painting by Jan MatejkoJan Matejko File:Portrait of George Washington-transparent.png|thumb|upright|George WashingtonGeorge WashingtonFile:Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789.jpg|thumb|upright|Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the CitizenDeclaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen File:1801 Antoine-Jean Gros - Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole.jpg|thumb|upright|Napoleon at the Bridge of the Arcole ]]

Significant people

World leaders, politicians, military

{{see also|Founding Fathers of the United States}}
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Show business, theatre, entertainers

{{see also|Theatre Royal, Drury Lane|Haymarket Theatre|Sichuan opera}}File:CarloBroschi.JPG|thumb|upright|FarinelliFarinelliFile:Beaumarchais.jpg|thumb|upright|BeaumarchaisBeaumarchais

Musicians, composers

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Visual artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, architects

File:Rosalba Carriera Portrait Antoine Watteau.jpg|thumb|upright|Antoine WatteauAntoine WatteauFile:Chardin pastel selfportrait.jpg|thumb|upright|Jean-Baptiste-Siméon ChardinJean-Baptiste-Siméon ChardinFile:Gilbert Stuart Sir Joshua Reynolds.jpg|thumb|upright|Joshua ReynoldsJoshua ReynoldsFile:Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun - selfportrait (Kimbell Art Museum, 1781-2).jpg|thumb|upright|Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le BrunLouise Élisabeth Vigée Le BrunFile:David Self Portrait.jpg|thumb|upright|Jacques-Louis DavidJacques-Louis David

Writers, poets

File:D'après Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Portrait de Voltaire (c. 1737, musée Antoine Lécuyer).jpg|thumb|upright|VoltaireVoltaireFile:Alexander Pope by Michael Dahl.jpg|thumb|upright|Alexander PopeAlexander PopeFile:Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie (c. 1797).jpg|thumb|upright|Mary WollstonecraftMary WollstonecraftFile:Gerhard von Kügelgen 001.jpg|thumb|upright|Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller

Philosophers, theologians

File:Montesquieu 1.png|thumb|upright|MontesquieuMontesquieuFile:Louis-Michel van Loo 001.jpg|thumb|upright|Denis DiderotDenis DiderotFile:Jean-Jacques Rousseau (painted portrait).jpg|thumb|upright|Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau

Scientists, researchers

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Other

File:Blackbeard.gif|150px|thumb|right|Edward TeachEdward Teach

Inventions, discoveries, introductions

File:Spinning jenny.jpg|thumb|upright|The Spinning JennySpinning JennyFile:Red building Putuo Zongcheng Temple.JPG|thumb|upright|The Chinese Putuo Zongcheng Temple of Chengde, completed in 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong EmperorQianlong Emperor

Literary and philosophical achievements

Musical works

See Also

References

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Further reading

  • Jeremy Black and Roy Porter, eds. A Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century World History (1994) 890pp
  • Klekar, Cynthia. “Fictions of the Gift: Generosity and Obligation in Eighteenth-Century English Literature.” Innovative Course Design Winner. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Wake Forest University, 2004. . Refereed.
  • The Wallace Collection, London, houses one of the finest collections of 18th-century decorative arts from France, England and Italy, including paintings, furniture, porcelain and gold boxes.
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