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New Images of the Natural in France : A Study in European Cultural History 1750-1800 - D.G. Charlton

New Images of the Natural in France

A Study in European Cultural History 1750-1800

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Published: 4th February 1985
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The latter half of the eighteenth century saw radical changes in the way nature - both external and human nature - was perceived. It is these new perceptions, these new images of the 'the natural' that this book examines: new appreciations of the 'sublime' wildness of landscape; new revelations by the life sciences of natural creative fecundity; new assertions of the innocence of 'natural man', as illustrated by the noble savage, the contented peasant, the happy family; a new sense of harmony between man and nature, reflected in changing moral, psychological, economic, and religious attitudes. Professor Charlton concentrates on French examples, for in France the contrast between old and new views was particularly vivid; but there are also numerous comparisons with England and other European countries, making this a major study in the cultural history of Europe at an especially crucial time for the formation of many of our modem assumptions about man and nature.

Preface
Contrasts
Pastoral landscapes
Wild sublimity
Sciences of nature
Death and destruction
Transoceanic perspectives
Happy families: the age of innocence
Happy families: the new Eve
Town and country
Unfinished business
Bibliographies
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521270908
ISBN-10: 0521270901
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 4th February 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35