The Enlightenment / Edition 3

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Debate over the meaning of 'Enlightenment' began in the eighteenth century and has continued unabated until our own times. This period saw the opening of debates on the nature of man, truth, on the place of God, and the international circulation of ideas, people and gold. Did the Enlightenment mean the same for men and women, for rich and poor, for Europeans and non-Europeans? In the second edition of her acclaimed book, Dorinda Outram addresses these, and other questions about the Enlightenment. She studies it as a global phenomenon, setting the major debates of the period against broader social changes such as the onset of industrialisation, the establishment of the new colonial empires, and the exploration of hitherto unmapped portions of the world's surface.

The new edition offers a fresh introduction as well as a new chapter on slavery, and new material on the Enlightenment as a global phenomenon. The bibliography and short biographies have been revised and extended. This unique and accessible synthesis of scholarship will prove invaluable reading to any student of eighteenth-century history, philosophy, and the history of ideas.

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'… this is a wide-ranging and useful survey of the field.' Norman Hampson, Modern and Contemporary France
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107636576
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Series: New Approaches to European History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 705,793
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorinda Outram is Professor of History at the University of Rochester. Her previous publications include Uneasy Careers and Intimate Lives: Women in Science, 1789–1979 (1987) and The Body and the French Revolution: Sex Class and Political Culture (1989).
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Table of Contents

1 What is enlightenment? 1
2 Coffee houses and consumers : the social context of enlightenment 11
3 Enlightenment and government : new departure or business as usual? 28
4 Exploration, cross-cultural contact, and the ambivalence of the Enlightenment 47
5 When people are property : the problem of slavery in the Enlightenment 60
6 Enlightenment thinking about gender 77
7 Science and the Enlightenment : God's order and man's understanding 93
8 The rise of modern paganism? : religion and the Enlightenment 109
9 The end of the Enlightenment : conspiracy and revolution? 126
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