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The Enlightenment in National Context - Roy S. Porter

The Enlightenment in National Context

By: Roy S. Porter (Editor), Mikulas Teich (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd November 1981
ISBN: 9780521282123
Number Of Pages: 288

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The Enlightenment has often been written about as a sequence of disembodied 'great ideas'. The aim of this book is to put the beliefs of the Enlightenment firmly into their social context, by revealing the national soils in which they were rooted and the specific purposes for which they were used. It brings out the regional divergences of the Enlightenment experience, shaped by different local intellectual and economic priorities. At the same time it also shows how central concerns (with virtue, patriotism, liberty and modernisation) were shared everywhere, and how the writings of certain key areas (such as France and England) came to be influential elsewhere. The thirteen essays, each written by a historian specialising in the particular country, examine national contexts from Sweden to Italy, from Russia to North America. As well as focusing attention on the interplay of thought and action, ideology and society, the book offers important insights into the place of the intelligentsia in the modern world.

The Enlightenment in England
The Scottish Enlightenment
The Enlightenment in France
The Enlightenment in the Netherlands
The Enlightenment in Switzerland
The Italian Enlightenment
The Protestant Enlightenment in Germany
The Enlightenment in Catholic Germany
Reform Catholicism and political radicalism in the Austrian Enlightenment
Bohemia: from darkness into light
The Enlightenment in Sweden
The Russian Enlightenment
Enlightenment and the politics of American nature
Notes to the text
Further reading
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ISBN: 9780521282123
ISBN-10: 0521282128
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd November 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.43