9780312179977

The Enlightenment A Brief History with Documents

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    9780312179977

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    0312179979

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/4/2000
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Summary

This brief volume introduces the movement called the Enlightenment that swept through 18h-century Europe affecting all areas of political, religious, and educational life. A variety of selections showcase the writings of a number of Enlightenment figures, including Locke, Rousseau, Mary Wortley Montagu, Diderot, and Moses Mendelssohn. A comprehensive introduction reaches back to the roots of the movement to set up critical background on the political and social debates of the period. All documents are preceded by headnotes, and the volume includes a chronology, 14 illustrations, a bibliography, and an index.

Author Biography

Margaret C. Jacob is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published widely on science, religion, freemasonry, and the origins of the Industrial Revolution. A past Guggenheim and Fulbright fellow, Jacob has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her first book, The Newtonians and the English Revolution (1976), won the Gottschalk prize from the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, of which she was president from 1997 to 1998. Her most recent book is Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West (1997).

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
List of Illustrations
xiii
PART ONE Introduction: The Struggle to Create a New Culture 1(72)
Political Origins
4(11)
Scientific and Religious Origins
15(5)
The Public Sphere
20(2)
Enlightened Feminism
22(5)
Reworking Seventeenth-Century Formal Philosophy
27(6)
A Clandestine Universe
33(8)
A Protestant Odyssey
41(2)
Travel Literature
43(3)
Anglophilia
46(4)
Mid-Century Crisis
50(5)
Rousseau
55(4)
The International Republican Conversation, 1775-1800
59(6)
Slavery, Imperialism, and the French Revolution
65(3)
The Legacy of the Enlightenment
68(4)
A Note about the Text
72(1)
PART TWO The Documents 73(156)
Some Thoughts concerning Education, 1693
73(21)
John Locke
Treatise of the Three Impostors, 1719
94(20)
Voltaire, Letters concerning the English Nation, 1733
114(23)
Letters, 1716-1718
137(19)
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Encyclopedia, 1751
156(4)
Denis Diderot
Supplement to Bougainville's Voyage, 1772
160(17)
Denis Diderot
The Social Contract, 1762
177(25)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
What Is Enlightenment? 1784
202(6)
Immanuel Kant
Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism, 1783
208(21)
Moses Mendelssohn
APPENDIXES
An Enlightenment Chronology (1685-1800)
221(4)
Selected Bibliography
225(4)
Index 229

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