Penwith Local History Group has been publishing books since its foundation in 1990. Eighteenth Century Life in West Cornwall is the ninth in the series. It covers many facets of life as it documents how the tradition of rural and provincial life adapted to the changes that were modernising society. West Cornwall was no sleepy backwater but a fast developing mining region, with a dramatically changing economic and physical landscape. The themes cover tradition and modernisation, the shift of focus from local to outside influences, the lives of country people and of the gentry, the budding tourist industry, and new attitudes moving in the direction of Enlightenment principles of reason and science.