Enlightening the World: Encyclopedie, The Book That Changed the Course of History

Enlightening the World: Encyclopedie, The Book That Changed the Course of History

by Philipp Blom
     
 


In 1777 several of the world's greatest men gathered together to create a book that would champion rationalism, free thinking, and secularism--the Encyclopédie. Such leading minds as Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire conceived of a work that would tear down the social order dominated by the Crown and Church, a brave act at a time when heresy couldSee more details below

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In 1777 several of the world's greatest men gathered together to create a book that would champion rationalism, free thinking, and secularism--the Encyclopédie. Such leading minds as Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire conceived of a work that would tear down the social order dominated by the Crown and Church, a brave act at a time when heresy could still be punished by death. During the years it took to produce all twenty-seven volumes, the writers faced exile, jail, and censorship. But when they were done, they had created a book that would provide the foundation for the Enlightenment and change the world forever. Novelist and historian Philipp Blom presents the story behind the sixteen-year struggle to create the Encyclopédie, the men who wrote it, the powerful forces that tried to suppress it, and the tremendous impact it had on the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968951
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

Prologuexiii
Paris, 17391
Friendship15
Project35
Prison51
Philosophe69
Controversy81
Play of Nature101
The War of Fools123
Encyclopedie139
Love of the Sexes159
Virtue177
Regicide189
Geneva203
Fanaticism221
Hide, Dissemble, Disguise237
Metier251
Phoenix267
Mutilation283
Posterity303
Bibliography327
Notes337
Index357

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