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The 18th Century lasted from 1701 through 1800 in the Gregorian calendar.

Historians sometimes specifically define 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,[1][2] while the "long" eighteenth century may run from the Glorious Revolution of 1689 to the battle of Waterloo in 1815[3] or even later.[4]

Prise de la Bastille

The storming of the Bastille, July 14, 1789, an iconic event of the French Revolution.




John Churchill, ancestor of Winston Churchill and one of England's greatest generals.




Portrait of the Qianlong Emperor in Court Dress

Qianlong Emperor



Frederick II of Prussia Coloured drawing

Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia.



James Watt

Scottish engineer and inventor James Watt.



Significant people Edit

Young Bach2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds 2

Samuel Johnson

Mozart (unfinished) by Lange 1782

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



Portrait of George Washington

George Washington

See Founding Fathers of the United States

Inventions, discoveries, introductions Edit

Spinning jenny

The Spinning Jenny

References Edit


The Chinese Putuo Zongcheng Temple of Chengde, completed in 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.

  1. ^ Anderson, M. S. (1979). Historians and the Eighteenth-Century Europe, 1715–1789. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198225482. 
  2. ^ Ribeiro, Aileen (2002). Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe 1715-1789 (revised edition). Yale University Press. ISBN 0300091516. 
  3. ^ Marshall, P. J. (Editor) (2001). The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume II: The Eighteenth Century (Oxford History of the British Empire). Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 0199246777. , "Introduction" by P. J. Marshall, page 1
  4. ^ O'Gorman, Frank (1997). The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History 1688-1832 (The Arnold History of Britain Series). A Hodder Arnold Publication. ISBN 0340567511. 
  5. ^ Welcome to Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to History
  6. ^ a b Porter, Roy (Editor) (2003). The Cambridge History of Science, Volume 4: The Eighteenth Century (The Cambridge History of Science). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521572436. , "The Philosopher's Beard: Women and Gender in Science" by Londra Schiebinger, pages 184-210

Decades and yearsEdit

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